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The Army says goodbye to an iconic aircraft after 25 years of service

The Lynx Mark 7 has flown in operations all over the world.The final pilots trained to fly it graduated today at the Army Air Corps base at Middle Wallop is Hampshire. Richard Jones was there.

As well as a graduation ceremony, there's been a final flypast here by six Lynx helicopters during which they performed what's called a backflip which the aircraft became famous for as part of the Blue Eagles display team, entertaining crowds at airshows around Britain and across the world. The Lynx has the distinction of being the world's first fully aerobatic helicopter - it can also peform a barrel roll and a loop. But the Lynx has done so much more than showing off in its time with the Army. It's also been a workhorse of the sky.

Pilot killed in Hampshire plane crash named

The plane came down at Middle Wallop last month Credit: Nick Bayes

A 69-year-old pilot who was killed after his First World War replica plane crashed into an airfield in Hampshire last month, has been named as John Ray from Horsham, in Sussex. An inquest heard how he had to be identified by dental records.

Mid Hampshire Coroner Grahame Short - sitting at Chandler Ford - was told he died from multiple injuries. The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

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Plane in crash was involved in practice display

The aircraft was a single engine, single wing replica World War I aircraft which was involved in a practice display at the time.

The pilot, a 68-year-old man from Horsham, was the only person onboard. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is being led by the Air Accident Investigation Branch with support from Hampshire Constabulary.

Anyone who saw the crash or the plane flying immediately beforehand is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.


Authorities try to establish cause of plane crash

The pilot, the only person aboard the aircraft, died at the scene. The incident is being investigated jointly by Hampshire police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Officers were called at 4.55pm today after a civilian aircraft came down at the Army Aviation Centre. The pilot, who was the only occupant of the aircraft, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are currently working with the AAIB to establish the cause of the crash and anyone with further information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary.

– Hampshire Police spokesperson

Middle Wallop plane crash leaves pilot dead

Hampshire Police say they were called at just before 5pm this afternoon after the aircraft came down in a field at the Middle Wallop Army Aviation Centre. The pilot died at the scene and it is believed he was flying alone. Police officers are contacting next of kin.

Specialists from the Air Accident Investigation Branch are working to establish how the accident happened.

Retired priest in sex attacks trial

Former Anglican priest Canon Gordon Rideout Credit: PA

A retired Church of England priest from East Sussex goes on trial today after pleading not guilty to a string of sex attacks on 18 girls and boys dating back more than 50 years.

Canon Gordon Rideout, 74, is accused of committing 38 offences over an 11-year period between January 1962 and January 1973.

At Lewes Crown Court in October, he denied 36 counts of indecent assault and two counts of attempted rape which are alleged to have taken place in Crawley, West Sussex; Middle Wallop, Hampshire; and Barkingside, Essex.

Rideout, of Filching Close, Wannock, Polegate, was charged in June following a nine-month inquiry by Sussex Police detectives into allegations of child sex abuse in the 1960s and early 1970s.

On conditional bail, he will face trial at Lewes Crown Court for up to eight weeks.