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Police name pilot killed in plane crash

PUBLISHED: 13:19 16 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

POLICE have today released the name of the pilot who died after he crash landed his aircraft near Southwold.

Peter Twentyman from High Street, in Barrington, Cambridge, died yesterday from head injuries, at Ipswich Hospital.

POLICE have today released the name of the pilot who died after he crash landed his aircraft near Southwold.

Peter Twentyman from High Street, in Barrington, Cambridge, died yesterday from head injuries, at Ipswich Hospital.

He had flown off alone from Cambridge Airport, but the PA28 single-engine plane lost power over Suffolk at about 10.30am yesterday.

Air accident investigators are today trying to establish exactly what happened.

One possibility is that Mr Twentyman may have tried to steer the stricken plane towards the former Holton Airfield, in the hope of making a safe emergency landing.

The base was used by US forces during the Second World War, and is now occupied by a Bernard Matthews turkey farm.

The plane came to rest very nearby, in a field at Brick Kiln Farm, Westhall, eight miles west of Southwold.

David Stewart, a spokesman for the Air Accident Investigation Branch, said: "We will be looking at all the possibilities and trying to track the path the plane took. We will issue a full report in due course."

The pilot had radioed in to a base in London at around 10.33am, telling them that the plane had lost all power and was gliding in to make an emergency landing in a field.

The call was immediately forwarded to the Air Rescue Control Centre at Kinross, Scotland, who notified all emergency services and began to co-ordinate a rescue.

A police spokesman said a positive identification was being made later today.

He added that an inquest is likely to be held.

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