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CarFest crash pilot named by display team operator

Kevin Whyman leaves behind a wife and young daughter. Credit: gnatdisplayteam.org

The pilot who died in a crash near the CarFest site has been named as Kevin Whyman.

The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team, said he will be "greatly missed" and leaves behind a wife and young daughter.

The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team is very sad to announce the loss of one of its display pilots, Kevin Whyman, at an airshow for CarFest at Oulton Park today.

Heritage Aircraft Trust will be working with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Board to determine the cause of the accident.

Kevin was a Royal Air Force trained fast jet pilot whose enthusiasm for flying the Folland Gnat was infectious. He will be greatly missed by his family, the team and many friends.

Kevin leaves a wife and young daughter. Please respect the privacy of family members and of the Team at this most difficult time.

– Gnat Display Team

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No further injuries in CarFest crash, organisers say

CarFest said no one else was thought to have been injured in the incident. Credit: Roy Smith/Twitter

A CarFest spokesman said the aircraft, flying with the Gnat Display Team, came down around one mile north of the event site.

They said the pilot had died but no one else was thought to have been injured in the incident.

We have helpfully received images and footage captured by those close to the site, which will aid with the police investigation. Should anyone else have similar photo of video footage, they are asked to keep hold of it in case the authorities request further information.

Our thoughts are with the family of the pilot and all those affected at this time.

– CarFest spokesman
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Evans: Our condolences go out to the pilot's family

BBC presenter and CarFest festival founder Chris Evans gave an emotional statement following the news that a pilot died in a crash today.

Just after 2pm there was a tragic accident, the result of which was one of the pilots involved in a synchro display lost his life.

Our condolences go out to his family who have been informed.

The police have also advised us that the best thing and the safest thing to do is to carry on with the event bearing in mind that there are 10,000 children here - and that is what we are going to do.

– Chris Evans

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