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A small plane has crashed into homes in Kent, leading to grave fears for residents and six people believed to be on board the aircraft.
Originally posted by dk3000
Kent? Where in the hell is that. I know of Kent, Washington. Photo shows water the Kent I know is inland. Is kent trying to put themselves on the map and dimissing all the other kents?
Crashed in Broadwater Gardens, a residential area in Farnborough. The pilot reportedly issued a mayday call just after takeoff from Biggin Hill.
Sky News reported the plane to be a Cessna Citation. The registration of the plane has NOT been confirmed.
The airport said the plane was a commercial flight en-route to France. It had just taken off when the pilot made an emergency call and asked for permission to land again.
"Unfortunately it crashed before reaching the airport," said airport chairman Andrew Walters.
A pilot named as John, who was landing another plane at Biggin Hill, heard the mayday call. The Cessna pilot reported "severe engine vibrations", he said.
He told the BBC: "You could hear the alarms in the cockpit.
"The pilot came back over the radio a second or two later and said 'We're going down, we're going down'.
"The radio stayed live, and as I turned off the runway I looked back and I saw the plane basically drop out of the sky.
"And then the radio went dead and black smoke came up from over the hill."
Investigators have been looking into the crash but have found that the plane, including its engines and circuits, had no faults.
After disassembling the engines, experts also ruled out a bird strike or anything else hitting the aircraft.