Mark Weir's partner, Janice Wilkinson, spoke to ITV Border News after the verdict of 'accidental death' was returned by the jury.
She thanked the coroner, members of the jury and the Civil Aviation Authority investigation team before giving this statement:
A jury at the inquest into the death of Cumbrian businessman Mark Weir, has returned a verdict of accidental death.
He was killed in a helicopter crash while flying in bad weather.
Tim Backshall was at the inquest in Cleator Moor:
An inquest into the death of the well-known Cumbrian businessman, Mark Weir, in a helicopter crash has heard that he survived another potential accident because of his skills as a pilot.
His partner Janice Wilkinson described the near miss at the hearing in Cleator Moor.
Tim Backshall has this report:
An inquest into the death of a Cumbrian businessman, who died in a helicopter crash, has heard that he could not have survived the accident.
Mark Weir, who owner the Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District, was killed while flying home in March 2011.
The pathologist's report said he died from severe multiple injuries.
The inquest has also been told that he had nearly crashed previously when the helicopter nose-dived in thick cloud on a trip to the North East but his skill had saved him and his partner.
A full inquest into the death of Cumbrian businessman Mark Weir has begun in Cleater Moor.
The 45-year-old entrepreneur, from Cockermouth, died in March 2011 after his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District.
A pathologist report says he died of severe multiple injuries in non-survivable helicopter crash.
The 45 year old from Cockermouth, died on 8 March 2011 after his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the Honister Slate Mine that he owned in the Lake District.
A Cumbrian entrepreneur who was killed in his helicopter last year was 'not qualified to fly at night', a report has found.
Mark Weir, 45, from Cockermouth, died on 8 March 2011 after his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the Honister Slate Mine that he owned in the Lake District.
A report by the Air Accident Investigations Branch has found that Mr Weir did not hold a night-flying qualification and had taken off in 'challenging circumstances' with reduced visibility and low cloud.
The report said:
" A number of serious airworthiness issues were identified with the helicopter during the course of the investigation. None of these could be directly linked to the cause of the accident but did raise concerns regarding the way the helicopter was operated."
Mr Weir flew regularly between his home and the mine, which attracted 60,000 visitors a year.
The report also said there was no evidence of mechanical failure and that it was "not possible to determine the mechanism by which control was lost or disorientation occurred".