An experienced stunt pilot has died after a light aircraft crashed in a field in Kent.
Angus Buchanan sadly lost his life in the accident at 4.30 pm yesterday
Mr. Buchanan was a member of the Stampe Formation Flying Display team –
a group that performs air shows with planes. He first became a commercial pilot
in 1970 and was working with Easyjet before he retired in 2009.
Two fire engines rushed to the scene of the crash on Sunday alongside the police
and an air ambulance. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating.
A spokesman for Kent Police said: ‘At 4.25 pm on Sunday, May 9, 2021, Kent Police
was notified that a light aircraft had crashed in a field near Headcorn.
‘Officers attended along with South East Coast Ambulance Service, Kent Fire and
Rescue Service and an air ambulance. ‘
Witnesses said his light aircraft – a pre-WW2-era Stampe biplane – was one of three
planes being flown in the area.
One said the plane was one of three being flown, saying it appeared to “have performed
a stall turn and lost control”.
Another wrote on Facebook: “I watched it come down when I was walking the dog.
“I hoped that I was mistaken, but when I heard the sirens and helicopter I knew it
wasn’t good news. Thoughts and prayers to the family.”
Tributes have since poured in for the “talented” pilot, who was a member of the
Stampe Formation Flying Display team.
In a statement online, the team wrote: “It is with the deepest sadness that we have to
announce the death of Angus Buchanan yesterday.
“An active and long-standing display pilot with the Stampe Formation Team,
Angus was an extremely experienced and talented aviator and engineer with many
flying hours under his belt.