A pilot died after crashing a replica Spitfire into a field, witnesses say.
Police, paramedics and fire crews were called to the scene off the A44 near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, on Tuesday where the man was pronounced dead.
Images of the crash show the rear section of the winged aircraft, which resembles the shape of a Supermarine Spitfire fighter – Britain’s legendary WW2 fighter aircraft.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating the incident near the village of Enstone.
Superintendent Jen Hogben, LPA Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire, said: ‘We are on scene following this incident, and very sadly the male pilot of the plane has died.
A pilot has died after a plane crashed in west Oxforshire, resembling a Supermarine Spitfire fighter (stock photo)
The aircraft smashed into a field close to the A44 in West Oxfordshire yesterday afternoon
Paramedics and fire crews attended the scene near Chipping Norton on Tuesday
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch are investigating the incident near the village of Enstone
‘The man’s next of kin have been informed and our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time and we will be supporting them.
‘No one else was injured following this incident.
‘We would ask members of the public to please avoid the area to assist us in conducting an investigation.
‘A road closure is in place on the B4022, just off the A44, we would thank local residents for their co-operation and would apologies for any inconvenience.
‘If anyone has witnessed this incident or has any footage or photographs that will assist with the investigation, we would ask them to please contact us either online or by calling 101 quoting reference 1358 of 22082023.
‘We would kindly ask members of the public not to upload images of the incident to social media out of respect to those involved.
‘We will not be providing a further update this evening. An investigation is ongoing which will continue and we will update further when appropriate.’
An AAIB spokesperson added: ‘We have been made aware of an incident in Enstone, and deployed a team which will shortly begin its investigation.’