Inquest Into London Pilot’s Death Concludes Evidence Does Not Sufficiently Disclose Why Aircraft Crashed

Family Have Always Been Convinced That The Aircraft Crash Was Due To Loss Of Control Causing an Inadvertent Spin

09.12.2015

The family of a 60-year-old man who died when the light aircraft he was flying spun out of control and crashed in a field in Buckinghamshire say the inquest reinforced their view that he lost control of the aircraft and it entered an inadvertent spin from which he was not able to recover.

Muhammad Naviede, from Regent’s Park in London, was piloting a Piper PA-38 Tomahawk when it came down in a field at Hedge’s Farm, north of Padbury, Buckinghamshire.

An inquest into his death at Buckinghamshire Coroner’s Court heard from over 20 witnesses, including four expert investigators from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), two aviation experts and a mobile phone forensic expert.

After hearing expert evidence and legal submissions, the Coroner, Mr Richard Hulett, was not satisfied that there was a safe case to go to the jury on suicide, so instructed the jury that a verdict of suicide was not available.

Following deliberation, the jury recorded a narrative verdict that stated that the evidence does not sufficiently disclose why the aircraft entered a spin from which it did not recover.

Jim Morris, a specialist aviation lawyer at Irwin Mitchell and former RAF pilot, who is representing the family, said:

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