Gusty winds could be responsible for plane crash

The wreckage just a short distance from the runway Credit: INS News Agency

A pilot lost control of a vintage aircraft due to gusty winds an accident report revealed.

Trevor Roche, 52, was killed in the crash of the 1923-built De Havilland DH53 Humming Bird at Old Warden Aerodrome near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire.

He was on a re-familiarisation flight in the 1960-rebuilt aircraft before starting a practice display ahead of an afternoon air show at the aerodrome which is home to the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft.

Previously a military test pilot, Mr Roche, from Salisbury in Wiltshire, was employed "by a major airline as a commander on passenger jets", the AAIB report said.