Girl killed by remote control plane

A family has been devastated by the death of a girl who was hit on the head by a model plane while walking in a park, police have said.

Tara Lipscombe, 13, from Dartford, Kent, was walking with her mother on Dartford Heath at about 5pm on Wednesday when the incident happened.

A petrol-powered Acrowot plane, which was believed to have a 5ft wingspan, appeared to fly out of control and strike the teenager on the head, causing severe injuries.

Kent Air Ambulance landed 100 metres away from the unconscious girl and flew her to Darent Valley Hospital in three minutes.

Despite efforts of medics, she died from her injuries a few hours later.

The remote control model plane was being flown by a 55-year-old man from south London.

He was spoken to by police officers at the scene along with witnesses.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "An investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of the incident, although early indications suggest this was a very tragic accident.

"The family are quite clearly devastated by what has happened.

"They have gone away to try to come to terms with everything and would appreciate it if people would allow them time for it to sink in and try to get back to life as normal, if that is at all possible."

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