Death of pilot in mid-air collision "accidental"

A mid-air crash between two light aircraft which killed a retired British

Airways pilot was an accident, an inquest jury ruled.

Alan Weal, 62, died from head and chest injuries after the home-built plane he

was test flying plunged into a recreation ground.

Ex-BA captain Mr Weal and flying instructor Robert Rickwood and his student,

qualified pilot Barnaby Kerr, who were both in a four-seater aircraft, did not

see each other before the collision at 1,100ft over Sussex, the three-day

inquest in Horsham heard.

Mr Rickwood and Mr Kerr managed to bring the aircraft under control and land it

safely on a grass runway at Shoreham Airport near Brighton on a clear day on

July 4 last year.

The inquest heard there was no evidence that either pilot attempted to avoid the other, and no radar system at



Pilot death "accidental"

Inquest records verdict of accidental death after a BA pilot was killed in a mid air collision.