Accident investigators have opened a formal probe into the light-aircraft crash at Canons Ashby, it was confirmed this morning.
A 1930 Gipsy Moth aircraft came down yesterday at around 11.45am, leaving an 11-year-old boy and the pilot with “serious injuries”.
Neither is believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries.
Today, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed a formal investigation will be carried out “via correspondence”.
It means investigators were not sent to the crash scene and the probe will now be carried out through a series of interviews.
Last night, the wreckage was removed from the site after the AAIB gave the owner or the insurance company permission to take it away.
It comes as the Chronicle & Echo was given these photographs of the light aircraft moments before it crashed, having earlier taken off from a nearby airfield.
Eyewitnesses have revealed the aircraft was seen to be performing “aerobatics” in the skies above Canons Ashby House, the National Trust property in South Northamptonshire, before the engine “cut out” and the aircraft plunged to the ground.
One witness today said the plane, which is registered to an owner in Moreton Pinkney, was also seen flying on Sunday afternoon.
Clive Goodwin, who took photographs of the De Havilland-built aircraft before it crashed, said: “We were on holiday at my sister-in-law’s in Weedon Lois and the aircraft came across on Sunday so we watched it overhead.
“We assume it was the same one.”
He added: “Yesterday morning, just before we left, we went to Canons Ashby to have a look around and while we were there the plane came across and it came back about 10 minutes’ later and I started to take some photos.
“It went over my head and I turned around and we heard the engine cut out.
“All of a sudden we heard this spluttering noise and it just started to spiral down and it went behind the trees.”
Emergency services, including the air ambulance, was then called to the scene.
The boy was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, while the man was taken to Walsgrave Hospital, in Coventry.