A small group of team members and the AIB flown to crash site by a helicopter from RAF Boulmer. By late afternoon, with site investigations completed, the wreckage was made secure — trundled down the gulley to screes below. Everyone flown back to Ambleside.
A helicopter from RAF Boulmer flew team, police, RAF MRT's and the Department of Transport Aircraft Investigation Branch to site to recover the pilot's remains. Assisted AIB with examination of wreckage etc. Airlifted to Ambleside Rugby field late afternoon.
Cumbria Police notified the team a light aircraft was missing. Then fellwalkers reported it had crashed in low cloud at top of gulley and exploded. When the team found the wrecked 'Saratoga', the intense fire had burnt the pilots body beyond recognition. Guarded overnight by RAF Linton and RAF Stafford MRT's. Helicopters from RAF Boulmer and Valley forced back due to adverse weather conditions.