Man Dies Following Greater Manchester Plane Crash

Aviation Law Specialists Call For Answers

01.08.2011

A man has died following an incident on Friday (July 29th) in which a light aircraft crashed into two houses in Greater Manchester.

The emergency services have revealed that the plane collided with properties in Newlands Avenue, Salford, with the first calls regarding the incident being recorded at around 12:20pm.

Two people travelling in the Piper PA38 Tomahawk, operated by Ravenair Flying School, were seriously injured and it has since been confirmed that 59-year-old pilot Ian Daglish died over the weekend. The 19-year-old man he was in the plane with remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Aviation law specialists at Irwin Mitchell, who act for a number of people who have been injured and the families of those killed in air accidents both in the UK and abroad, have urged authorities to work quickly to determine how this incident came to occur.

Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and Partner at the law firm, said: “Only a handful of details have so far been released in relation to this incredibly serious incident, but it is clear that emergency services need to work quickly to examine every aspect of the crash.

“For the sake of all of those affected, answers are needed over how it came to happen and particularly whether the incident was linked to any kind of mechanical fault with the aircraft.

“This is a notable line of enquiry, as any technical issues may potentially have a wider impact on other users of similar light aircraft.

“Ultimately, it is clear that a full investigation needs to provide reassurances that lessons can be learnt from this crash and go some way to guaranteeing that no one else suffers in the same manner. Our thoughts also go out to the families of those involved in this incident.”