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Flights grounded at Staffordshire airfield in wake of crash tragedy

The atmosphere around a Staffordshire airfield was eerily quiet as it remained closed several days after a crash which killed two men.

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The airfield was silent days after a crash which killed two men

On a normal day Otherton Airfield, near Penkridge, would be full of light aircraft preparing to take off for pleasure flights to and from the area, with the site having three grass runways and being one of the most active airfields in Staffordshire.

However, on Tuesday two days after a crash involving a light aircraft which crashed and caught fire, the airfield was silent, with the front gates locked and no entry allowed to the site, apart from investigators from Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Staffordshire Police.

Two men, aged 63-years-old and 56-years-old, were pulled from the wreckage on Sunday, but it became clear that nothing could be done to save them and both were confirmed dead at the scene.

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