Inspection is underway of the site at Eastbourne where a light aircraft crashed killing the pilot and eight passengers.

On 13 November 1984, eight passengers and a pilot were killed when the light aircraft crashed at Eastbourne on the south east coast of England.

Four of the passengers were Irish journalists who were taking part in a race to bring back the first Beaujolais Noveau wine from France. Amongst the group were Niall Hanley, editor of The Evening Herald, John Feeney, an Evening Herald Columnist, Kevin Marron, former editor of the Sunday World, and Tony Heneghan, columnist with The Irish Independent.

Charlie Bird reports from the scene of the crash where the task of investigating how the accident happened begins. 

The grim task for accident investigators of searching through the wreckage began here at first light this morning.

The operation is made more difficult by the fact that the wreckage is spread over a wide area. One of the engines was found two miles from the main fuselage.

A police inspector working on the investigation outlines how the wreckage was discovered and the ongoing work of the emergency services. He is reluctant to speculate on what caused the crash until a full investigation has been carried out. 

It would be quite wrong for me to speculate on what caused the aircraft to crash.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 14 November 1984. The reporter is Charlie Bird.