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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.


Inquest into the deaths of Nepal plane crash victims

An inquest into the deaths of four people from the North West, who died in a plane crash in Nepal two years ago, begins today.

Nepalese gather around the burning wreckage at the crash in September 2012 Credit: AP

The Sita Air-operated Dornier 228 aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport in September 2012.

Tim Oakes from Warrington. Credit: Family handout

Brothers Vincent and Darren Kelly, from Bolton, died alongside Raymond Eagle from Macclesfield, and Tim Oakes from Warrington.

Raymond Eagle was part of a British group that arrived in Nepal Credit: Family handout

Paralympian takes on a new challenge

Adrian Derbyshire, from Warrington, is a man who likes a challenge...He was left partially paralysed after a brain haemorrhage in 2008. But since then he's gone on to become a multi-medal winning paralympic fencer.

His latest project is hand cycling around the country talking to schoolchildren about hate crime.


Multi-medal winning paralympian confronts hate crime

Paralympian Adrian Derbyshire Credit: PA

A multi-medal winning paralympian from Warrington, is teaching children how to tackle hate crime.

Wheelchair fencing star Adrian Derbyshire is hand cycling around the country to see as many youngsters as possible.

He is sharing his experiences as a disabled athlete, in the hope of opening children's eyes and preventing acts of prejudice in future.

You can keep track Adrian on his journey by clicking here.

Tributes paid to woman who died in canal

The family of 72-year-old Valerie Pritchard, who died after her car entered the Manchester Ship Canal in Stockton Heath, have paid tribute to her.

Valerie Pritchard Credit: Police / Family photograph

Valerie's family said:

"Our Mum, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, Valerie Pritchard was tragically taken from us"

"She was a lovely lady who always had a full social life, meeting with her many friends for coffee mornings, art class and going to her local club to watch Warrington Wolves with her partner."

"She was also a keen gardener and loved to spend time doing craft work. She will be greatly missed by all her family and her partner."

Warrington man jailed over Harrods bomb threat

A man convicted of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm in Warrington has been jailed.

David James Williamson, who also made a bomb threat in Harrods in London, was jailed for 10 years.

Harrods in Knightsbridge Credit: PA

He was sentenced after being found guilty of two counts of robbery, two counts of possession of an imitation firearm and one count of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He was also found guilty of five counts of communicating false information causing a bomb hoax.

Detective Constable Joseph Agyei said: "These were terrifying attacks committed in broad daylight and caused all the victims involved to fear for their lives.

"Williamson showed an utter disregard for the victims he targeted in public places."

Investigation continues into Warrington canal death

Scene in Warrington yesterday evening Credit: Granada Reports

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a woman in Warrington.

The 72-year-old woman's boday was recovered from the Manchester Ship Canal in Stockton Heath.

It is thought she was in her car when it entered the water.

The death is not believed to be suspicious.

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