DORSET Police were called to reports of people diving by the wreckage of the plane that crashed at Sandbanks during the Bournemouth Air Festival

The force was alerted to people diving at the wreckage site at 9.11am on Sunday, September 5, following the crash which occurred on Saturday, September 4. 

Officers assisted Poole Harbour Commissioners who were leading the recovery of the plane. 

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "We were called at 9.11am on Sunday 5 September 2021 to reports of people diving by the wreckage of the plane that crashed into Poole Harbour on Saturday.

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The recovered biplane at Poole Harbour. Picture: Louise Saunders

"Officers attended and we remained on site to assist Poole Harbour Commissioners, who are led on the recovery of the plane. No arrests were made."

The wreckage was spotted at Poole Harbour on Monday morning and an investigation is now ongoing. 

A spokesperson for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: "The AAIB was informed of an incident on Saturday afternoon and has launched an investigation into the circumstances. 

"The AAIB has granted permission for the aircraft to be moved to enable further examination by the owners and maintenance organisation as part of the process of conducting the investigation.

"The investigation is a correspondence investigation and the report is likely to be published in the next few months."

The 1940s Boeing 'Super Stearman' plane crashed at 3.52pm on Saturday on the way back to its base after performing at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Both of the people onboard, the pilot and the wingwalker, escaped to safety and were discharged from hospital on Sunday, September 5.