THE pilot of a doomed light aircraft that was carrying a Shirley couple, which crashed killing all three of them, was carrying out aerobatic stunts it was revealed yesterday (Thursday).
Nick O’Brien, 35, and his wife Emma, 29, from Shirley, both died when the plane crashed into a railway line in Staffordshire on January 2.
Pilot Alan Matthews, aged 59, from Walsall, appeared to have lost control while attempting an aerobatic manoeuvre said air crash investigators.
It resulted in the Piper Cherokee he was flying nose-diving into a high-speed impact on the West Coast Main Line at Colwich Junction near Little Haywood. Mr Matthews and the O’Brien’s, who had two children, had taken off from Sittles airfield near Lichfield.
The report, compiled by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), also pointed out that aircraft maintenance records for the plane were incomplete and did not show that the required maintenance had been correctly performed.
Despite this, the report found that the plane crashed due to a loss of control and not from mechanical failure.