Sunday, January 22, 2017

Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche, G-ATMT, Montagu-Smith & Company Ltd: Fatal accident occurred January 15, 2017 in Aston Rowant Nature Reserve, Chiltern Hills, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

NTSB Identification: CEN17WA077
Accident occurred Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On January 15, 2017, a Piper PA-30 airplane, (G-ATMT, s/n 30-439), crashed into woodland near Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. There was one person on board, who was fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the government of the United Kingdom. Any further information may be obtained from:

Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)
Telephone: +44 0 1252 51300
Facsimile: +44 0 1252 376699

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

The pilot of a light aircraft has died in a plane crash in Oxfordshire.

The aircraft left Turweston Aerodrome in north Buckinghamshire but then crashed at Aston Rowant Nature Reserve at 14:35 GMT.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "Sadly, the pilot of the aircraft, a man, has been pronounced dead at the scene."

Road diversions are in place around the area and an investigation into the crash is under way.

Police say the man was in his 60s and his next-of-kin have been informed.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it had sent a team to investigate the crash site.

Police have locked down the Aston Rowant Nature Reserve after the aircraft accident, with a steady flow of police vehicles coming in and out of the site.

Conditions around the reserve were treacherous even for drivers on Sunday evening with very heavy fog on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border.

It is not known yet whether fog or poor visibility had a part to play in the fatal air crash at the nature reserve, which straddles the M40 near Stokenchurch.

What we do know is that recovery and investigations will continue throughout the night, although the fog may affect recovery overnight.

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