Plane crash in Dorset

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''A pilot who died when his light aircraft crashed in a field yesterday afternoon was flying to raise money for his village church.

Hugh Wilson, 63, was killed when the aircraft came down near Stourton Caundle, Dorset. Police had received a mayday call from the aircraft at 3.03pm, moments before it crashed.

Paramedics were called to the scene and found Mr Wilson, from Hindon, near Salisbury, dead. His passenger, Emma Kenrick-Piercy, 25, also from Hindon, survived. She was taken to Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, where she was treated for neck injuries.

Krysyna Gigiel, from the Friends of John the Baptist Church in Hindon, said that Mr Wilson, a divorced father of two, had agreed to do five flights in his two-seater, charging his passengers £50 each. The crash happened on the fourth of the five flights.

Ms Gigiel said: “He had offered to fly people over the village and he was donating the money we paid towards the fund to raise money to keep the church standing and to modernise it.

“The engine cut out but we do not know why. I believe he was a very experienced pilot. It is a terrible tragedy. He was a very good, nice man.”

Mr Wilson sold executive jets and had been involved in flying all his life, Ms Gigiel said.

A man who lives close to the crash site said that he believed the plane hit overhead telephone lines as it crashed. The man, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard the engine faltering — it was spluttering as if it was stalling. I didn’t see it come down but I believe it hit the telephone lines.”

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