A FATAL plane crash hit the ground just a few hundred feet from a singer’s Sussex estate, it has been reported.

The incident near Heathfield on Tuesday is said to have narrowly missed the home of musician Rag’n’Bone man.

A source told a national newspaper that “if it had been a bit closer to the house the outcome doesn’t bear thinking about”.

They added: “There’s no doubt Rag’n’Bone Man had a lucky escape.”

The Argus:

Rag’n’Bone man, real name Rory Graham, 35, was born in the village of Uckfield, less than seven miles away from the site of the crash.

The plane went down off Herring Lane, just north of the small village of Cross in Hand, at about 11am on Tuesday.

Fire crews rushed to the scene and arrived to find the plane alight.

They worked quickly to extinguish the fire and were joined at the scene police and ambulance crews.

Police blocked Herring Lane while the incident was dealt with, and the South East Coast Ambulance Service said it sent “a number of resources” to the crash site.

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One witness said they saw the plane experiencing problems during take-off before crashing shortly afterwards and catching fire.

“Nobody could do anything about it,” they said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sussex Police confirmed the pilot of the light aircraft involved in the incident had died.

A force spokesman said: “The pilot of a light aircraft sadly died when his plane crashed near Heathfield on Tuesday morning.

“Emergency services were called to the scene off Herrings Lane at 11.01am where the aircraft had caught fire after crashing. 

“Unfortunately, the pilot is believed to have died instantly. His next-of-kin have been advised.”

The Argus:

The force said the matter has now been passed on to the Air Investigation Branch (AAIB) for investigation.

The government organisation is responsible for “investigating civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK, its overseas territories and crown dependencies”.

An AAIB spokesman said: “Our purpose is to improve aviation safety by determining the circumstances and causes of air accidents and serious incidents, and promoting action to prevent reoccurrence.”