Pilot killed in crash explosion

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Pilot killed in crash explosion

The crash happened within 300 yards of a motorway
An investigation is under way after the pilot of a light aircraft died when his plane burst into flames following an emergency landing.
The twin-engined Cessna crashed into a field just 300 yards north of the M180 motorway near the village of Sandtoft, west of S****horpe, North Lincolnshire.

The accident happened at 1920 BST on Monday moments after the aircraft had taken off from Sandtoft airfield.

Three fire crews attended the crash.

A spokesman for Humberside Police said the pilot, who has not yet been formally identified, was the sole occupant of the plane and is believed to be from Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Bomber crews

"The authorities have been informed and will commence an investigation," the spokesman said.

He added that the family of the pilot had yet to be informed.

Sandtoft airfield was opened in 1944 as a training base for bomber crews.

After its military role was ended, part of it was retained for private aviation.

It is situated just south of junction two of the M180 to the west of S****horpe.

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