RAF pilot dies after Spitfire crashes into field during Battle of Britain display

The Spitfire crashed in a field in Lincolnshire
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An RAF pilot has died in a "tragic accident" after a Spitfire crashed into a field near an RAF base, the Ministry of Defence said this evening.

Police rushed to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight event at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, just before 1.20pm today.

Authorities said only a single occupant aircraft was thought to be involved.

A rescue helicopter landed at the airfield after flying from Humberside.

But late in the afternoon, a Ministry of Defence spokesperson confirmed a pilot died in the accident. The MoD said the pilot's family has been informed.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said: "It is with great sadness that we must confirm the death of an RAF pilot in a tragic accident near RAF Coningsby today.

"The pilot's family have been informed and we ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

In a statement, Lincolnshire Police said: "Emergency services are in attendance following reports of an aircraft crashing in a field just before 1.20pm.

"It is believed to be a single occupant aircraft and nobody else is thought to have been involved.

"Road closures are in place in the areas of Dogdyke Road and Sandy Bank. Motorists are asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes."

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