September 23rd, 2016

Alcester couple die in plane crash

Updated: 10:28 am, May 07, 2015

A SIX-YEAR-OLD Alcester boy is fighting for his life after being involved in an air crash which claimed the lives of his parents.

The child is currently in Southampton General Hospital with what have been described as life-threatening injuries after the light air craft he was travelling in came down near Popham Airfield in Hampshire about 3.43pm on Saturday (January 3).

His parents Lewis, 50, and Sally Tonkinson, 44, were killed in the crash. The couple had been married just over a year and Lewis had only celebrated turning 50 on New Year’s Day.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch is looking into the circumstances surrounding the crash. Initial enquiries show the plane took off from Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.

The plane came down close to the A303 at Blackwood Forest and there is speculation Mr Tonkinson may have been attempting an emergency landing at Popham Airfield after weather conditions deteriorated.

Officers were still at the scene early on Sunday evening (January 4) and the plane was also due to be removed the same day.

In total 25 firefighters were sent to the scene along with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, three ambulances, three rapid response cars and an ambulance doctor.