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One Man Has Died In A Plane Crash At Carfest In Cheshire

Gnat Display Team pilot Kevin Whyman died when his plane crashed at the motoring and music event in Oulton Park.

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Gnat Display Team pilot Kevin Whyman died when his plane crashed at Carfest North 2015 in Oulton Park in Cheshire on Saturday afternoon.

Gnat Syncro jet crash at carfest hope that guy ejected okay :-( @BBCNews @SkyNewsBreak

Carfest North is an annual music and motoring event that raises money for BBC charity Children in Need and is attended by many families.

In a statement on Facebook, the Gnat Display Team said that Whyman's "enthusiasm for flying the Folland Gnat was infectious".

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Speaking on BBC News shortly after the incident, Top Gear presenter Chris Evans, who opened the event yesterday, confirmed that the pilot flying the plane had died in the accident.

The accident was initially confirmed by Carfest organisers on Twitter.

We are sad to announce there has been a serious air incident off site at CarFest North. The emergency services are in attendance

Attendees of the event tweeted about having seen the plane come down.

Day at carfest has taken a saddening course, just seen a plane crash

Early reports described a red display plane bursting into flames as it crashed into trees.

Plane crash at #carfest - not a red arrow but a red plane. Saw it happen, horrifying

BREAKING: plane thought to be part of display team crashes at CarFest motoring event in Cheshire @BBCBreaking @cnnbrk

Horror. Just seen a jet crash at #carfest. Went behind the trees then fireball. Hoping for ejector

One attendee captured footage of the plane as it came down.

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It was thought that the plane may have been a Red Arrow, but an RAF spokesperson on Twitter confirmed that this was not the case.

In response to queries about the Gnat incident, it was not a Red Arrows jet. We're on our Summer break. Our thoughts are with those involved

Chris Evans said he was "sad to announce" the news.

I am very sad to announce there has been a serious air incident at CarFest North off site. The emergency services are in attendance.

Police confirmed emergency services attended the scene just after 14.00 BST, according to the BBC.

Festival organisers say the event will continue as scheduled for the rest of the weekend.

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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