A SUSSEX pilot was killed in a light aircraft crash in Spain.

David Hockings from Herstmonceux near Hailsham died when his plane came down on Mount Hernio on Wednesday.

Another pilot, Simon Moores, was also killed.

The pair were travelling from Caiscais in Portugal to Hondarribia airport when their Piper single-engine aircraft crashed.

The plane, owned by Mr Hockings, had been due to make a stopover in northern Spain.

The Aviation Safety Network said the plane crashed at 1.50pm 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 Hockings, 67, ran an aircraft maintenance company called Cristal Air based at Spilsted Farm airfield at Sedlescombe, near Hastings.

Mr Moores, from Westgate on Sea, Kent, was the brother of Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood’s estranged wife, Alex.

He was one of the few aerial banner pilots in the UK.

The 62-year-old former Thanet District Council Conservative councillor tweeted pictures from the air Wednesday.

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.

Officials tweeted video of rescuers working with ropes to get to the mangled wreckage close to the top of the 1,000 metre-plus mountain.

Rescuers found one of the bodies on Wednesday afternoon but fog and the late afternoon light meant the second person was not found until Thursday morning.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We are seeking further information from the Spanish authorities following a plane crash in Spain, and will do all we can to assist any British people who need our help."