An inquest has re-opened in Leamington Spa into the deaths of five people who were killed following a mid-air collision four years ago.
Brian Normington, 70, from Leamington, was at the controls of his KR2 kit plane when it collided with another aircraft on approach to Coventry airport in August 2008, causing one of its engines to explode.
The pilot of the other plan, Sophie Hastings, 28, from Derbyshire, was also killed - along with three other passengers.
The evidence will be considered by a jury. The court will hear from fifteen witnesses during proceedings expected to last two weeks.
19-month-old Harry Connolly died at home from dehydration and kidney failure after being sent home twice from Northampton General hospital.
His mother believes opportunities to save his life were missed.
Today, the hospital apologised to Harry's parents.
“We wish to offer our deepest sympathies to Harry’s parents and family and to say sorry to Mr and Mrs Connolly for the failings identified today by the coroner in the care of their son. The Trust fully accepts the narrative verdict.
“I would emphasise that,as the coroner noted during the inquest, we have already undertaken a full investigation into what happened and shared the results with Harry’s parents. Following that investigation we made a series of changes during the past year to the way we care for children as a result ofthe lessons learned from this case.”
– Dr Sonia Swart, Medical Director for Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.
Mother of toddler who died gives evidence at an inquest
19 month old Harry Connolly died at home from dehydration and kidney failure. He was referred to Northampton General Hospital to be sent home twice. His mother told an inquest she believes medical staff missed several opportunities to save her son's life.