Sussex Police join fire and ambulance services as aircraft crash (Image: Getty)
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Police, fire and ambulance services rushed to the airfield in West Sussex following the plane crash this afternoon. Sussex Police said Air Accident Investigation Branch has been informed. Sussex Police have since confirmed two men have died.
They tweeted: “A 65-year-old man from Bulls Cross and a 58-year-old man from Gosport have sadly died following a light aircraft crash just north of Goodwood Airfield this afternoon.
“Officers are providing support to their families at this difficult time.”
A 65-year-old man from Bulls Cross and a 58-year-old man from Gosport have sadly died following a light aircraft crash just north of Goodwood Airfield this afternoon.
Officers are providing support to their families at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/QgNzAkE9JT
— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) June 30, 2021
“We would urge people to continue to avoid the area for the time being to allow emergency service staff to work safely.”
Flight TV said they were “aware” of the plane crash but do not know “what aircraft” or what was the cause of the crash.
They tweeted: “We are aware that there has been a plane crash at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex.
“We don’t know what aircraft or what was the course of the crash.
Our crew from @ChichesterFire and the @WSFRS_TRU were in attendance at this incident this afternoon.
We would urge people to continue to avoid the area for the time being to allow emergency service staff to work safely. https://t.co/iaoQXsvrWo
— West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (@WestSussexFire) June 30, 2021
“We await for further details to arrive.”
West Sussex Highways tweeted there have been road closures following the crash.
They wrote: “NEW ROAD, WESTHAMPNETT closed following police request.
“Air crash near to Goodwood airfield, reason for road closures.
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Aerial shot of Goodwood Airport (Image: Getty)
“Apologies for any delays.”
According to the traffic service INRIX, New Road was closed in both directions from Fordwater Road (East Lavant) to Claypit Lane (Chichester).
The Goodwood Airfield – also known as the Goodwood Airport – allows flights for the public transport of passengers.
It also has a CAA Ordinary Licence for flying instruction as authorised by the Goodwood Road Racing Company Limited.
A restored WW2 spitfire at Goodwood Airfield (Image: PA)
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigates civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK, its overseas territories and crown dependencies.
The AAIB is a branch of the Department for Transport and is based in the grounds of Farnborough Airport, England.
The AAIB conducts investigations defined under one of two categories; “Accident” or “Serious Incident”.
An “Accident” occurs where a person suffers a fatal or serious injury, the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure which adversely affects its performance, or where the aircraft is missing or inaccessible.
Vintage planes at the Goodwood airfield (Image: Getty)
A “Serious Incident” means an incident where an accident nearly occurred.
The AAIB is responsible for the investigation of civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK and its overseas territories.
These are Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands.