Interesting discovery Frozen in the sands of time: Eerie Second World War RAF fighter plane discovered in the Sahara... 70 years after it crashed in the desert A Second World War plane crashed by a British pilot in the Sahara, before he walked off to his death, has been found frozen in time 70 years later. Unseen and untouched, the Kittyhawk P-40 has been described as an aviation 'time capsule' after it was found almost perfectly preserved in the sands of the western desert in Egypt. After coming down in June 1942, the pilot is thought to have survived the crash and initially used his parachute for shelter before making a desperate and futile attempt to reach civilisation by walking out of the desert. Shifting sands: The final resting place of the Kittyhawk P-40 has been discovered in the Sahara 70 years after it crashed there Time capsule: Aside from the damage it sustained during impact, the aircraft appears to have been almost perfectly preserved in the sands of the Sahara Chance discovery: The single-seater aircraft was found by a Polish oil company worker exploring a remote region of the western desert in Egypt The RAF airman - believed to have been Flight Sergeant Dennis Copping, 24 - was never seen again. The crash site is about 200 miles from the nearest town. The single-seater fighter plane was discovered by chance by Polish oil company worker Jakub Perka, who was exploring a remote region. Despite the crash impact, most of the aircraft's cockpit instruments are intact. Its guns and ammunition were also still intact before being seized by the Egyptian military for safety reasons. There are also signs of the makeshift camp made by the pilot alongside the fuselage. No human remains have been found but it is thought the pilot's decomposed body may lay anywhere in a 20-mile radius of the plane. The RAF Museum at Hendon, north London, has been made aware of the discovery and plans are underway to recover the aircraft and display it in the future. A search will also be launched in the slim hope of finding the lost airman. The defence attache at the British embassy in Cairo is due to visit the scene in order to officially confirm its discovery and serial number. At the controls: The plane's cockpit, but there are fears over what will be left of it after locals began stripping parts and instruments for souvenirs and scrap Unseen and untouched: Equipment and controls from the plane were found scattered around the craft at the crash site. The plane is still in very good condition Intact: Most of the plane's cockpit instruments were untouched and it still had it guns and ammunition before they were seized by the Egyptian military for safety reasons However there are fears over what will be left of it after locals began stripping parts and instruments from the cockpit for souvenirs and scrap. Historians are now urging the British government to step in and have the scene declared as a war grave so it can be protected before the plane is recovered. Historian Andy Saunders, from Hastings, East Sussex, said: 'The aviation historical world is hugely excited about this discovery. 'This plane has been lying in the same spot where it crashed 70 years ago. It hasn't been hidden or buried in the sand, it has just sat there. 'It is a quite incredible time capsule, the aviation equivalent of Tutankhamun's Tomb. 'It is hundreds of miles from anywhere and there is no reason why anyone would go there. 'It would appear the pilot got into trouble and just brought it down in the middle of the desert. 'He must have survived the crash because one photo shows a parachute around the frame of the plane and my guess is the poor bloke used it to shelter from the sun.