Tuesday 27 September 2016

Family killed in light plane crash in UK

Published 16/11/2015 | 14:57

Avon and Somerset Police said the plane has now been recovered from the field for further examination.
Avon and Somerset Police said the plane has now been recovered from the field for further examination.

Four members of the same family who died in a light aircraft crash have been named by police.

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Pilot Philip Garvey, 56, his wife Ann, 55, their daughter Emily, 23, and son Daniel, 20, died in the incident which happened just before 11.45am on Saturday.

The family, from the Woking area of Surrey, were killed when the six-seater aircraft. came down near Churchinford in the Blackdown Hills south of Taunton, Somerset.

Avon and Somerset Police said the plane has now been recovered from the field for further examination.

A force spokesman added: "We're continuing to work with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)."

Police earlier said that 27 fire and rescue personnel plus specialist vehicles were sent to the scene, along with ambulances, the local air ambulance and a police helicopter.

Speaking yesterday, Supt Richard Corrigan, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We have a specially trained family liaison officer supporting the affected family and they're being kept fully updated on our progress.

"Our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.

"A joint investigation is under way with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

"The focus of the activity will be investigative inquiries and then recovery of the aircraft.

"Road closures remain in place around the crash site."

Francis Harrington, the parish priest at St Dunstan's Church, Woking, said: "It's a tragedy. A huge tragedy. The whole area and the whole parish is devastated.

"Nobody can get their heads around it. They were a lovely family and were highly respected. What can we say? Why do these things happen? I don't know. We will have to wait for the official report.

"Philip was very involved with the music at mass, where he played the guitar. I have known him for around 20 years and I have seen the family grow up. They were a lovely family. Sociable, pleasant, very nice. They will be sorely missed."

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