Investigators ask public for help after Spitfire crash in Coningsby that killed pilot

Investigators looking into a fatal Spitfire crash in Lincolnshire have asked the public to send in any footage captured of the aircraft on the day. The Second World War era aircraft, being flown by Typhoon pilot Squadron Leader Mark Long as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), crashed to the ground in Coningsby on Saturday, May 25.

Sqn Ldr Long was pronounced dead at the scene and all BBMF flights have been temporarily paused while an investigation into the crash takes place. The Defence Accident Investigation Branch (DAIB), which is looking into the incident, has asked the public for footage of the aircraft on the day.

A spokesperson for RAF Coningsby said: “Following the tragic events on Saturday, an investigation is underway. The DAIB have requested that anyone who has images or video of the aircraft taken on Saturday to make them available please.”

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Any footage can be sent to and must include a telephone number to be contacted on. Many tributes were paid to Sqn Ldr Long following his death at the weekend, with Group Captain Robbie Lees calling him a “great friend” who will be “sorely missed”.

The BBMF Mk LF IX Spitfire MK356
The BBMF Mk LF IX Spitfire MK356

The people of Coningsby also spoke of their sadness after the event, noting that the town felt “empty” and “sombre”.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, also paid tribute to the airman. On Saturday, they wrote on social media: “Incredibly sad to hear of the news this afternoon from RAF Coningsby. Our thoughts this evening are with the pilot’s loved ones, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the wider RAF family. W & C.”

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