Trainee pilots Cameron James Forster, 21, from Sussex, and Ajvir Singh Sandhu, 25, from Essex, died after the crash in North Yorkshire on Saturday morning (April 30). They were flying a private aircraft at the time of the crash.
Both men were Royal Air Force officers and were student pilots undertaking basic jet training at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, near York.
Captain Ian Laing, station commander of RAF Linton-on-Ouse, said: “We were very saddened to hear of the deaths of Aj Sandhu and Cam Forster in a civilian flying accident at the weekend.
“They were both exceptionally talented young men in the prime of their lives. The thoughts of everyone at RAF Linton-on-Ouse are with their family and friends at this difficult time.”
The pair crashed near Castle Howard, a stately home in Ryesgate, North Yorkshire at around 10.40am.
Emergency services - including an air ambulance – were called to the crash site but the men were declared dead at the scene.
The pilots are thought to have rented the plane from a nearby flight centre earlier that morning.
The Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) has opened an investigation into what caused the crash.
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