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Two dead in light aircraft crash

Two people have died and a third has suffered life-threatening injuries after a light aircraft crashed in an area of woodland close to an airfield.

Ambulance crews and paramedics are currently at the scene of the accident close to the A303 at Blackwood Forest, near Popham, Hampshire.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said that two people were declared dead at the scene while the third was taken by land ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.

She said: "Our crews assessed three patients at the scene, sadly two were confirmed deceased at the scene. One patient was taken by land ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with life threatening injuries."

She added that the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance had been sent to the scene along with three ambulances, three rapid response cars and an ambulance doctor.

She said that the service were alerted to the crash at 3.28pm today.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said that 25 firefighters were dealing with the incident.

He said: "A light aircraft came down and overturned in a patch of woodland half a mile south of A303 just down from Popham at Blackwood Forest.

"We are there assisting with the operation and we are trying to establish what we are dealing with there. We have 25 firefighters at the scene."

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: "Hampshire police are currently at the scene of a light aircraft crash near to Popham airfield.

"Two people have sadly died, whilst a third is in a life threatening condition at Southampton General Hospital.

"Emergency services were alerted at 15.43, Saturday January 3. The aircraft came down in woods south of the A303."

She added that the scene was close to a holiday park but the occupants of the aircraft were not believed to be linked to the site.

The spokeswoman said that inquiries were being carried out to trace the next-of-kin of those involved.


From Belfast Telegraph