Broughton crash tributes

The father of Gary Vickers, who was killed in a plane crash at Hawarden Airport on Friday, has paid tribute to him.

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Inquest opens into deaths of light aircraft couple

Kaye Clark and Gary Vickers Credit: Gordon Vickers

An inquest has opened into the deaths of a couple killed when a light aircraft crashed at Hawarden Airport last Friday.

At a brief hearing in Ruthin, North East Wales coroner John Gittins formally opened the inquests into the deaths of Gary Anthony Vickers, 58, and Kaye Clarke, 43, both of Dingle Bank, Chester.

The provisional cause of death in Mr Vickers’s case was head and chest injuries, while Miss Clarke, who was a passenger in the plane, died later at the Countess of Chester Hospital of shock and haemorrhage.

Adjourning the inquests to a date to be fixed, the coroner said that investigations into the tragedy were expected to be extensive.

Father's tribute to son killed in plane crash

Kaye Clark and Gary Vickers Credit: Gordon Vickers

The father of Gary Vickers who was killed in a plane crash on Friday in Broughton has paid tribute to him.

Gordon Vickers said: "The accident with my Son Gary has been a great loss. We extend our condolences to Kaye's family.

"We would like to thank everybody who has sent their condolences.

"Gary was flying from Paris to Hawarden with his partner Kay Clarke when the accident happened.

"He was without doubt a very accomplished Pilot. Very meticulous in his approach to Flying. We both started flying about 15 years ago."

Mr Vickers said flying was his son's passion, adding: "Sadly there is always a risk. It is very sad that two lives have ended this way. We would like to thank the emergency services at Hawarden for their prompt attendance."


Police and Air Accident Branch 'investigating crash'

North Wales Police say they are working with the Air Accident Investigation Branch to establish what caused a fatal plane crash at Broughton this afternoon.

The AAIB will lead the investigation.

North Wales Police are currently not in a position to identify the man and the woman who died.

The Coroner has been informed.

There are no further details available at this time.

– North Wales Police statement


Man and woman confirmed dead in Broughton air crash

A man and a woman have died after a light aircraft crashed near the runway at Airbus UK Broughton, North Wales Police have confirmed.

Police were informed of the incident involving a twin engine light aircraft at 1.07pm today. Police, Ambulance and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service attended.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where she later died.

Police are currently at the scene and the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has been informed. A full investigation will be undertaken to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

There are no further details available at this time.

– North Wales Police statement
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