Two people died today after a light aircraft crashed into a field in England.

The accident occurred near Andover, police said.

‘Police are currently looking to trace the location where the aircraft took off and to determine the identification of the people who died,’ a police spokesman said.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesman said: ‘The AAIB has sent investigators to the scene.’

A police spokesman said: ‘It is too early to say whether ash was a factor but it will form part of the investigation.’

He said he understood light aircraft were allowed to fly at low altitude.

The AAIB has said the crash was not believed to be linked to the volcanic ash cloud drifting over Britain.

A spokesman said: 'From what we know of the accident so far, there's no reason to connect it to the atmospheric conditions from the volcano.'