Inquest into plane crash that killed five

Five people, all from the Midlands were killed in August 2008 when two planes collided on approach to Coventry airport. Photo: ITV Central

The inquest into a mid-air plane crash four years ago which killed five people has started today.

Sophie Hastings from Derbyshire died when the plane in which she was flying collided with another aircraft as it came in to land at Coventry airport.

Also on board was Sybilla Sybille Gautrey from Northamptonshire. The official report into the accident was released in 2010 and today the inquest into their deaths began.

Five people, all from the Midlands were killed in August 2008 when two planes collided on approach to Coventry airport.

Today the wife and daughters of seventy year old Brian Normington came to court for a jury inquest into his death, and those of the four other victims.

Brian Normington died in the plane crash in 2008 Credit: ITV Central

Mr Normington was at the controls of his single seat RAND KR-2 that day.

Mr Normington was at the controls of his single seat RAND KR-2 that day. Credit: ITV Central

It crashed into this Cessna 402 piloted by Sophie Hastings from Derbyshire.

It crashed into this Cessna 402 piloted by Sophie Hastings from Derbyshire. Credit: ITV Central

Also on board were James Beagley and John Antrobus from Warwickshire and Sybilla Gautrey from Northamptonshire.

They were conducting training in how to re-calibrate aircraft instruments. On the first day of this inquest Geraint Herbert, who conducted the investigation into the crash for the Air Accident Investigation Branch, talked the jury through the official report.

He showed them this radar image, taken at 1026 AM just before the collision occurred.

Brian Normington's KR-2 - known by its callsign G-BOLZ was cleared second in sequence for landing. The Cessna piloted by Sophie Hastings G-EYES was third in sequence. Air traffic control told Brian Normington to reposition, and it was as the crew of the Cesna were being told this that the two planes collided.

The plane crash left 5 dead in 2008 Credit: ITV Central

Mr. Herbert also told the jury it was the AAIB's conclusion that Brian Normington was given no information about the location of the Cessna, and they were given ambiguous information about where he was.

Mr. Herbert said, Air Traffic Control at Coventry were unaware the team in the Cessna were conducting calibration training crucial, because it meant they were travelling much faster than a Cessna normally would. The inquest will hear from fifteen witnesses - including eye-witnesses to the accident - and is due to last two weeks.