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'Ambulance chaser' faces prosecution

A delivery driver from Wigan, who filmed himself tailing an ambulance on a 999 call, now faces losing his licence.

Danny Jones admits he was acting irresponsibly, but insists he wasn't speeding or jumping red lights behind the paramedics' vehicle.

He says outrage expressed by many people online, and by newspapers in print, is out of proportion.

Van driver who chased ambulance to avoid traffic says people have 'over-reacted'

A delivery driver from Wigan who filmed himself following an ambulance on an emergency call, quipping that it was the ''quickest way into work'', says people have over-reacted to what he did.

Danny Jones drove directly behind the paramedics' vehicle on a 999 call in Warrington.

He now faces losing his licence and says he's sorry he did it.


Accidental death verdict on Nepalese air crash victims

The four men from the North West who died along with 3 others Credit: GTV

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded at the inquest into the deaths of 7 people, including four from the north west, in a plane crash in Nepal. Brothers Vincent and Darren Kelly, from Bolton, died alongside Raymond Eagle from Macclesfield, and Tim Oakes from Warrington.

The inquest heard that there was no mechanical problem with the plane, which crashed shortly after takeoff at Katmandu airport, but that Nepalese Airlines had an appalling safety record. The coroner said that he would write to ABTA to recommend that travellers avoid travelling with the airline.

Lawyer: Tourist not given information on safety records

The families' lawyer has told the court that tourists were not given information on Nepal's air safety record at booking.

Margaret McEwan, from Explore Worldwide, said it was the customer's "responsibility" and that customers were pointed to sources where they could find such information. She added: "It's reasonable to assume they would find it".


Airline 'blemish free' until crash

The tour operator behind the Nepal trip has been giving evidence to the inquest.

Margaret McEwan, from Explore Worldwide, told the coroner the firm checks suppliers like airlines.

She said Sita Air's safety record was "blemish free" until this crash.

The travel firm had been running tours to Nepal since 1991.

This trip was the first of that particular season in 2012.

Plane crash inquest: Nepalese airline using 'wrong' engine manual

In response to a lawyer representing families of the plane crash victims, who questioned the response of the pilot, the AAIB expert said the pilot was 'experienced' and different responses would have only 'increased chances' of survival.

The family lawyer asked the AAIB expert if the pilot could have aborted take-off after the bird strike. The expert responded 'Yes'.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch expert then told the inquest that the Nepalese airline was using the wrong engine manual to judge fuel and power rates for the plane.

The inquest continues.

Plane crash inquest: Airline found to be 'overloading' aircraft

Air accident investigators have continued giving evidence at the inquest into the deaths of four people from the North West, killed in a plane crash in Nepal.

The AAIB team told the inquest that, had the plane not drifted, it could have landed almost immediately on the runway when the power dropped.

The lawyer representing the families of those involved asked: "It was above maximum take-off weight, correct?". The AAIB said it was 'within limits'.

The lawyer then revealed a tour operator had audited Sita Air and had found them to be 'overloading' their aircraft.

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