BREAKING NEWS: Police name the two men who died in plane crash near M1

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Police have released the names of the two men who died when the light aircraft they were travelling in crashed in a field near the M1 on Saturday.

John Gill, 70, of Belper, and (Robert) Alan Eaves, 76, of Selston, died at the scene of the crash in a field near the junction 26 of the motorway at around 1.30pm on Saturday 14th June.

Both men were members of the Merlin Flying Club, based at the Rolls-Royce airfield at Hucknall, and were using a Cessna aircraft owned by the club at the time of the incident.

They were both experienced pilots flying recognised circuits at the time of the crash.

Their relatives have been informed and are being supported during this difficult time.

They have asked for the media to respect their privacy and allow them to grieve.

A post mortem examination, which took place on Tuesday 17th June has ruled out any medical condition contributing to the crash.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch continues its enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.