An investigation has been launched after a plane crashed and the pilot died near Troutbeck at the weekend.

Emergency services were called at about 2.50pm on Sunday after reports were received that a light aircraft had crashed.

It was reported to police that the crash has happened north of Troutbeck, between Keswick and Penrith.

On Sunday evening, police confirmed the pilot of the plane had died as a result of the crash.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: “The single occupant of the aircraft, a man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“There were no other casualties.

“The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been contacted and a cordon put in place at the site.”

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has since confirmed that they are aware of the incident and are investigating.

A spokeswoman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: “We have sent a team to the site of an accident involving a light aircraft near Troutbeck Airfield in Cumbria. An investigation has been launched.”

The pilot has been identified as father-of-two David Bolton. In a tribute, Alison Bolton wrote: "David, from Nottingham, was tragically killed yesterday after an accident in his light aircraft at Troutbeck, Cumbria.

“The chief revenue officer for tech firm Draper and Dash was a devoted husband, a fantastic father, a loving son and a loyal friend with an appetite for life.

“He made a huge impact on everyone he met, whether in his work in healthcare around the world or his personal life and will be truly missed by so many.

“His family have asked for privacy at this difficult time.”