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

Shoreham.

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Pilot death "accidental"

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