Boy whose parents died in Hampshire plane crash fights for life

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A boy whose parents died in a Hampshire plane crash remained in a critical condition today.

The six-year-old is fighting for his life after he was pulled from the wreckage of the crash which killed his mother and father.

The light aircraft came down in woodland close to Popham Airfield near Winchester on Saturday afternoon shortly after it took off from Bembridge Airport on the Isle of Wight.

Lewis Tonkinson, 50, and Sally Tonkinson, 44, from Alcester in Warwickshire, died following the crash.

Their son is being treated at Southampton General for life-threatening injuries.

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police remain at the scene whilst the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) carries out an assessment. It’s believed the aircraft will be removed from the site later.

“Enquiries have revealed that the aircraft took off from Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.”

She added that post mortems were due to be carried out on Tuesday to establish an exact cause of death.

Anyone who saw the aircraft prior to the crash at 3.43pm yesterday should contact the AAIB on 01252 510300.