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Pilot death "accidental"

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

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Pilot's family will "continue to fight for justice"

Alan Weal was a former British Airways pilot

The family of an experienced pilot who died in a mid-air collision has vowed to continue to fight for justice after an inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Alan Weal, a former BA pilot, died in a mid-air collision between two light aircraft over Sussex last July

The 62 year old died from head and chest injuries after the home-built plane he was test flying for a friend following its modification 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, the three-day inquest heard

The family of Mr Weal, from Goring, near Worthing, believe he died "a hero" by steering his stricken plane, a Vans RV-6A, away from houses and children playing in the recreation ground.

Following the accidental verdict, lawyers for Mr Weal's family vowed to consider taking legal action amid claims from his relatives that his death was "preventable".

Mr Weal's widow, Penny, 62, said: "We are disappointed with the verdict but will continue to fight for justice in the hope Alan's death was not in vain."

Keith Barrett, of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, which represented Mr Weal's family, said: "This is a tragic case that has seen a family lose a loving husband, father and grandfather. We're disappointed with the verdict but will continue in our legal fight for justice on behalf of the Weal family."

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