ABOVE: An Ikarus C42 FB100 Bravo was among the aircraft destroyed 

A total of ten aircraft have been destroyed in a suspected arson attack at Davidstow Aerodrome; an attack that left Air Cornwall owner Gary Perry “absolutely sickened at the horror and loss a low life individual can cause in just a few minutes”.

“This is the second time we have been targeted in as many years,” noted the flying school owner on social media, adding that “no words can describe how I personally feel at this time, as I have lost not only my fantastic C42B, but also my operating base for my school, and my livelihood”.

Aircraft believed to have been lost include two Ikarus C42 microlights, a Vans RV-6, a Thruster ultralight and six flexwing aircraft.

According to an Air Cornwall social media statement, an intruder was seen to start a fire in the centre of the hangar on security camera. “Within two minutes it was raging, and within five it had melted [the camera], and that was that”.

Fire crews were called to the hangar at 10pm on Tuesday 11 April, where they proceeded to extinguish the blaze. A spokesperson from Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: “Fire appliances from Delabole and Launceston Community Fire Stations were mobilized to a report of an aircraft hangar on fire. When they arrived on scene, they could see flames and smoke issuing through the roof and requested a further fire appliance, which was sent from Launceston.”

The cause of the fire is suspected arson and the incident has been left in the care of Devon and Cornwall Police.