Overseas Experts Aid Crash Probe

Farnborough Plane Crash

01.04.2008

Experts from the US and Canada are travelling to the UK to help the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) probe a fatal jet crash in Kent.

All five passengers and crew aboard the private jet were killed when it ploughed into suburban cul-de-sac in Farnborough.

Had the accident happened an hour earlier, three more people could have been killed.

Peter Hale, whose parents Ed and Pat Harman own the wrecked house, said: "There would have been no chance if they had been in the property and on a normal Sunday afternoon they would have been about."

The jet had taken off from Biggin Hill Airport and was heading to Pau in south-west France.

The jet's pilot, Mike Roberts, was hailed as a hero for guiding the aircraft so as to minimise the loss of life.

Tributes have also been paid to former British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) racer David Leslie, 54, and Richard Lloyd, 63, a boss of Apex Motorsport and also a former BTCC runner-up, who died in the crash.

The two remaining victims have been named as Christopher Allarton, 25, and Michael Chapman, 57, the private jet's co-pilot.

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