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Pilot dies after Spitfire crash in Lincolnshire field

By Kevin Shoesmith and Jake Zuckerman, in Coningsby ,BBC News

Jake Zuckerman/BBC The Spitfire came down in a field in Coningsby on Saturday afternoonJake Zuckerman/BBC

The Spitfire came down in a field in Coningsby on Saturday afternoon

A pilot has died after a Spitfire crashed in a field close to an RAF station in Lincolnshire, officials said.

Emergency services were called to the field off Langrick Road, Coningsby shortly before 13:20 BST on Saturday.

The World War Two-era plane belonged to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby, the RAF said.

It said a “comprehensive investigation” would be completed and it would not speculate on the cause of the crash.

The RAF statement reads: “It is with great sadness that we must confirm the death of an RAF pilot in a tragic accident near RAF Coningsby today.

“The pilot’s family have been informed and we ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.”

Earlier, Lincolnshire Police said the aircraft came down in a field off Langrick Road, which runs alongside the perimeter of the RAF station.

Road closures are in place around Dogdyke Road and Sandy Bank, with motorists asked to avoid the area.

MOD via PA A file image of a Spitfire (front) with a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial FlightMOD via PA

A file image of a Spitfire (front) with a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

According to its website, BBMF operates six Spitfires, two Hurricanes, a Lancaster, a C47 Dakota, and two Chipmunk aircraft used for training. The aircraft are flown by regular RAF aircrew.

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