Man Killed In Cambridgeshire Plane Crash

AAIB Examine Site Following Fatal Incident

05.09.2011

Investigations are continuing into a plane crash in Cambridgeshire on Friday (September 2nd), in which the male pilot of the light aircraft was killed.

The A1 close to Peterborough had to be closed for a short time following the incident in the afternoon, when the plane came down in fields close to Sibson Airfield. It is thought it had been flown from Warwickshire.

Experts from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch attended the scene and examined the crash site, while the wreckage has also been moved.

The man killed in the crash has not yet been identified.

Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and Partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Aviation Law team, hopes that the investigators will be able to determine the cause of the accident quickly so that flight safety lessons can be learned.

He outlined: “This terrible incident is just the latest in a number of light aircraft and helicopter incidents seen in recent months across the UK.  A range of factors will need to be considered in order to put together a full picture of the incident, from consideration of the weather conditions to the serviceability of the aircraft and whether a mechanical or technical fault could have played a part.

“The latter is of particular concern, as there is a need to uncover whether any safety issue found in the aircraft may have an impact on other aircraft of this type.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the pilot.”