AAIB Investigating Fatal Plane Crash In Flintshire

Police Name Victims Of Light Aircraft Incident

18.11.2013

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is continuing work to examine the cause of a light aircraft crash in Flintshire on Friday (November 15th) in which two people were killed.

Gary Vickers, 58 and Kaye Clarke, 42, from the Chester area, have been named as the victims of the incident which saw a twin engine aircraft come down at Hawarden airport at 13:07 GMT

North Wales Police said Mr Vickers was pronounced dead at the scene, while Mrs Clarke was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where she later died.

The AAIB has confirmed it has deployed a team to assess the incident and North Wales Police stated they are working on collaboration with the organisation.

The Irwin Mitchell aviation law team specialise in representing the victims of air accidents.  Jim Morris, a partner in the team and former professional pilot with the Royal Air Force, is reviewing the facts of this accident as they emerge.

Expert Opinion
Very little is known at this stage regarding the cause of this incident, so it is important not to speculate. From news reports, it appears that this was a twin engine light aircraft that rapidly lost height at the airfield.

"As in any air accident investigation, the AAIB will be looking to examine all aspects of this crash to develop a full picture regarding what happened. This will include looking at factors including the actions of the pilot, any technical or mechanical issues and also the weather conditions at the time of the incident.

"With investigations being at such an early stage, it will be vital that all potential contributory factors are assessed and where possible ruled out. The next steps for the AAIB will be to then look at issuing a report outlining their preliminary findings, ahead of a full report which will come at a later date.

"The loved ones of the victims will be desperate for answers so it is hoped that authorities can provide them promptly, which should help start the process of learning lessons from this accident to improve flight safety."
Jim Morris, Partner