Simon Chamberlain from Harlow was killed when the light plane he was in crashed in an Essex field

Emergency crews at the scene of the plane crash on Saturday.

Emergency crews at the scene of the plane crash on Saturday.

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A man who died after the light aircraft he was flying in crashed in an Essex field on Saturday has been named.

Simon Chamberlain, a married father-of-one from Harlow, died when the YAK 52 crashed into a field off the A414 near Cooksmill Green, between Ongar and Writtle, where it burst into flames.

Mr Chamberlain and the as-yet unidentified pilot, were the only two people in the plane and both pronounced dead at the scene.

Yesterday police said they were not in a position to name the pilot, who is from Essex

Mr Chamberlain’s family has paid tribute to the 29-year-old, who was a keen flier.

“Lizzie, his wife, has lost her best friend and soul mate,” a statement said.

“His son, Charlie, who will be two years old in August, has lost his father. And his parents, Paul and Steph, have lost a loving son.

“We love him more than anything in the world.

“Our hearts go out to the other person involved in this tragedy.”

The crash happened shortly before 3pm - soon after the plane had taken off from North Weald airfield.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch is investigating.


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