Two former motor racing champions were among five occupants of a private jet who died when it crashed into a house in south east England. The plane carrying 54-year-old racing veteran David Leslie and 63-year-old British former saloon car champion Richard Lloyd burst into flames on impact on the outskirts of Farnborough in Kent.
The pilot had reported engine problems. "The plane came flying over our garage, over our wall, and into the next door neighbour's garden and their main house. And then we heard a massive explosion." said one eyewitness.
"It was just a ball of fire, just complete carnage. I tried to get near it to try and see if we could help but we could not get anywhere near it, it was just awful." added another woman.
The pilot is being hailed as a hero by witnesses who say he seemed to steer the stricken aircraft away from a playing field. No one was hurt on the ground although two residents were treated for shock.
The house which bore the brunt of the impact was empty at the time as its occupants were on holiday.
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