Retired pilot saved lives

The family of a retired British Airways pilot killed in a crash in Sussex say they are very proud of the fact that he steered his plane away from nearby homes. The inquest into the death of Alan Weald opens today.

Statement from pilot's family

The family of Alan Weal who managed to steer his plane clear of residential areas after it was involved in a mid-air collision near Shoreham Airport have paid tribute to him.

"His extensive flying experience helped avert a tragedy greater than that so sharply felt by his family; his mum, wife, two daughters, three grandchildren and his many friends."

– Family Statement

Inquest into pilot's death in Shoreham

An inquest will be held later into the death of a retired British Airways pilot, who was hailed a hero for avoiding homes when his light aircraft crashed in West Sussex.

62-year-old Alan Weal steered his plane away from residential areas after it was involved in a mid-air collision with another aircraft near Shoreham Airport in July.

The other plane landed safely and its two crew members were treated for shock.

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