Burwash man named as victim of light aircraft crash

The pilot who died when his light aircraft crashed earlier this week has been named as a man from Burwash.

Thursday, 6th August 2020, 12:48 pm
A police officer at the scene of the plane crash near Heathfield

Richard Warriner, 65, died when the aircraft he was flying crashed near Heathfield, on Tuesday (August 4).

His body was recovered from the wreckage of his plane after it came down in open ground off Herrings Lane just after 11am.

Police said the crash is being investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB).

Plane crash in Heathfield SUS-200408-182210001

Emergency services were called to the crash scene at 11am where the aircraft had caught fire after crashing.

Firefighters from Heathfield, Uckfield, Battle & Wadhurst attended, along with police and the ambulance service.

Upon arrival, crews found one small aircraft had crashed into a field.

On Tuesday, a Sussex Police spokesman said: “Unfortunately, the pilot is believed to have died instantly. His next-of-kin have been advised.

“The matter has now been passed to the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) for investigation.”

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and SECAmb confirmed they were also called to attend the incident.