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Flat area wherein the plane crashed? (5)


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Here is my best explanation:

'flat area wherein the' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'plane crashed?' is the wordplay.
'crashed?' indicates anagramming the letters (I've seen 'crash' mean this).
'plane' anagrammed gives 'PANEL'.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard