Twin-engine 8 seater Beechcraft King Air 200 owned by London Executive Aviation (LEA) routed from Strapleford Aiefield to Oxfordshire came crashing down in Chigwell (suburb of London) – in a field off Gravel Lane and Miller’s Lane shortly before 10.20am (BST) on Saturday. Local authorities have confirmed that when they arrived at the scene, the aircraft was still burning and two people on board have been confirmed dead. People witnessing the scene reported hearing loud explosion with ground vibration.
On West Ham online fan forum West Ham Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan writes about being fortunate having narrowly avoided the same flight. He writes: “It was fifty-fifty whether we got on the plane that crashed or the other one. It’s a real shock. My heart goes out to the families of the pilots, it’s very, very sad.
“We used that airline all the time and they are really excellent. The planes are twin engine so if one engine failed it could still fly so it’s a mystery why it crashed. The pilots were very experienced guys.”
The cause of the accident are still unclear but local investigators are still figuring out what went wrong with the aircraft.
Photo Courtesy: Ronnie Macdonald