A man has died in an air crash in North Yorkshire.
At around 7.45pm last night (Thursday), emergency services received a report that a light aircraft had come down in a field near to Bagby Airfield in the Thirsk area.
Witnesses reported hearing a “big bang” then seeing a lot of smoke.
Police, fire and ambulance all attended the scene.
One person, a man aged in his 20s, sadly died in the crash. His family are being supported by specially trained officers.
There was not believed to be anyone else on board the aircraft. Witnesses said the aircraft was on the approach to the airfield runway.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “A full investigation is underway led by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
“People are asked to avoid the area and we thank local residents for their patience and co-operation while the emergency services continue to work at the scene.”
A North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Yesterday evening (Thursday, 6 July) we were called to the Thirsk area after a light aircraft had come down in a field.
“The call was received at around 7.45pm and four crews from Ripon, Northallerton, Thirsk and Easingwold were sent to the scene. A fire investigator was also dispatched.
“Crews made the area safe for our colleagues at North Yorkshire Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch to carry out their investigation.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who sadly died in the incident.
“Tragic events like this can have a lasting effect on the crews who attended, and we are fully supporting those involved.”
A spokesperson for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: “I can confirm that Yorkshire Ambulance Service resources responded to a small aircraft crash in the Bagby area on Thursday evening.”
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