Rescue Services search for Small Plane Crash in Suffolk


Police are currently investigating reports of a small plane crashing near the Norfolk and Suffolk border, close to a town called Barnham.

A member of the public said they saw a plane or helicopter make a controlled landing with a trail of smoke.

A police spokesman said, “Emergency services are currently in attendance in the Barnham area of Suffolk, following a report by a member of the public of a helicopter or small plane landing in difficulty.

“Police received a call at 10am today from a member of the public reporting a possible helicopter or plane descending in a controlled manner with a smoke trail. Emergency services are currently at the scene and the police helicopter has been deployed to assist the search.

“We’re searching an area close to the crossroads and have been in contact with RAF bases to check for any training exercises that might have been carried out this morning.”

Emergency Services

Despite the lack of an explosion or an aircraft being reported as missing, Norfolk and Suffolk fire and rescue services have rushed to the scene.  They are supported by a police helicopter.

The search area encompasses the area close to the A134 and A11.  They have set up an emergency base in Barnham Village Hall.  The Police have said.

Contact with RAF bases “to check for any training exercises that might have been carried out this morning” has proved negative.

So far no sign of the crashed plane or helicopter has been found.

One eyewitness, Keith Mindham said he saw a “bright light like a flare”.

He went on to say the object was “falling down like a parachute”.

“It was slow moving, sort of free moving and that’s all I saw.  I didn’t see any smoke or bits of debris.”

Suffolk and Norfolk lowland Search and Rescue teams have also been deployed to the area.


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