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Two men killed in Spanish mountains plane crash

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Simon Moores was one of the UK’s few banner-flying pilots

Two men have been killed in a light aircraft crash in mountains in Spain.

Pilots Simon Moores, from Westgate on Sea and David Hockings, of Herstmonceux, were flying from Cascais in Portugal to Lydd in Kent on Wednesday.

The Piper single-engine aircraft, owned by Mr Hockings, had been due to make a stopover in northern Spain.

Spanish rescuers said two bodies were recovered from Hernio mountain in the Basque region.

Mr Moores, 62, a former Conservative councillor on Thanet District Council, was one of the few aerial banner pilots in the UK.

He tweeted pictures from the air Wednesday.

Mr Hockings, 67, ran an aircraft maintenance company called Cristal Air based at Spilsted Farm airfield at Seddlescombe, near Hastings.

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Simon Moores

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Simon Moores

The Aviation Safety Network said the plane crashed at 13:50 GMT on Hernio mountain in northern Spain’s Basque Country.

It said there were foggy conditions at the time of the crash.

Next of kin have been informed.

Mr Moores worked as an aerial photographer and recently had been attempting to film migrant boats in the English Channel.

He had also been contracted by Highways England and London Zoo.

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