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Inquest opens after BA engineer killed in Heathrow Airport crash

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The inquest into the death of a British Airways engineer from Dorset killed in a two-vehicle crash at Heathrow has opened.

John Coles, 44, from Broadstone died after the van he was driving collided with an airside operations pick-up vehicle on the airfield shortly after 6am on Wednesday 14th February.

He went into cardiac arrest at the scene and was taken to Hillingdon Hospital but could not be saved.

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At least 20 British Airways flights from Terminal 5 were delayed and passengers were ordered to leave an aircraft which was unable to take off because of the incident.

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Acting senior coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe opened the inquest into his death in a brief hearing at West London Coroner's Court on Thursday.

She said: "The police are investigating this case and therefore from my point of view the inquest is effectively stalled whilst the police carry out their investigation."

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No date for a further hearing was set.

The male driver of the pick-up van suffered a suspected broken shoulder in the crash.

No arrests have been made.