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The Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) have sent a team to investigate an accident involving a light aircraft that occurred near Hardwick Airfield, Norfolk.
The aircraft came down in a field by Hardwick airfield near the town of Bungay, about 10 miles south of Norwich, at about 3.30pm on Sunday.
The vintage aircraft burst into flames and emergency services were unable to save the passenger, who died at the scene.
The plane, a US-made P51 D Model Mustang called 'Janie' was owned and operated by the pilot, Maurice Hammond, 50, from Suffolk. Married with two grown-up daughters, he was airlifted to hospital, in a critical but stable condition.
Mr Hammond restores aircraft as part of his business..
Press Association reported a friend who commented: " Maurice Hammond is a phenomenal engineer, I would say he is probably in the top three or four pilots of this marque of aircraft in the UK, and he is heavily involved in the restoration of other similar aircraft - that is what he does for a living.
"He spends thousands of hours on his aircraft and flying with them. Part of his business is restoring sections of engines and other components of these type of aircraft.
"You couldn't have somebody more technically qualified - the understanding of every single nut and bolt of the aircraft - you couldn't fly with somebody technically more competent. He is regarded as a leader in his field."
The friend added: "He is very, very well known locally and this year they were celebrating raising a total of £100,000 for cancer charities.
"We just want to see Maurice returned to health."
The plane came down in a field just a few hundred yards from the Hardwick airstrip, thought to be owned by a local farmer.
Police said Denton Road, near the airfield, remains closed while investigations are carried out.
Source PA, Daily Mail, BBC News, CNS,
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