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Inaccurate air traffic control information a factor in Marlow pilot crash
INACCURATE information from air traffic controllers has been cited by a jury this afternoon as an important factor in the crash which killed a Marlow pilot.
Jurors returned their narrative verdict into the death of James Beagley and four others in a mid-air crash involving 2 planes in 2008.
The 34-year-old Marlow resident was a passenger on board a Cessna 402 with Sophie Hastings, Sybille Gautrey, and John Antrobus while Brian Normington, 70, from Blackdown near Leamington, piloted a Rand KR-2.
Mr Beagley’s family were left frustrated with the outcome which they said essentially repeated an earlier report in which no one was found culpable.
The inquest was not designed or able to allocate blame.
The written verdict concluded: "The two aircraft collided because their respective pilots either did not see the other aircraft or did not see it in time to take effective avoiding action."
Full report tomorrow.
For our previous report on the inquest, click here.