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A Somerset farmer has said there was nothing he could do to help the passengers of a plane who were killed when the aircraft crashed on his land.

Two men and two women from the same family died when their light aircraft came down on land in Churchinford.

Dave Manning, of Higher Southey Farm, said he was alerted to the crash by a neighbour, but by the time he got to the site it was clear there was nothing that could be done.

“I took the pulse of one of the passengers and there was no pulse,” Mr Manning told the BBC.

“We could smell aviation fluid so we [had to leave the site] until the emergency services turned up.”

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Emergency crews from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and South Western Ambulance Service were sent to the scene shortly before midday, along with the Devon Air Ambulance and a police helicopter.

Police have named the victims as pilot Philip Garvey, 56, his wife Ann, 55, their daughter Emily, 23, and their 20-year-old son Daniel.

The family were from the Woking area of Surrey.

They died when the six-seater plane they were travelling in crashed in a field near Buttles Lane just before 11.44am on Saturday (14 November).

The plane has now been recovered from the field for further examination.

Somerset and Avon Police said they were continuing to work with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.