Hertfordshire pilot killed in Somerset plane crash

A man in his 60s has died following a light aircraft crash.

Glenn Paeckmeyer, who lived in Ashbrook between Hitchin and Stevenage, died yesterday (Monday) when the aircraft he was flying came down in a school playing field in Somerset.

Mr Paeckmeyer, who was a company director of a plumbing business based in Arlesey, was due to be flying back home on Sunday but decided to stay over in Dorset.

Mr Paeckmeyer, the chairman of the Hertfordshire Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (HCPSA), got into difficulty when flying his plane and came down in thick fog at Downside School, Somerset.

The father-of-one was also one of the referees for the shooting events at the London 2012 Olympics in London.

Speaking about the news, Martin Barker, vice chairman of the HCPSA said: “Glenn was a level-headed guy and always listened to people’s views. He was an all round nice guy and this is an absolute tragedy.”

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