On 30 June 2021, at approximately 16:30 BST, a Rogers Sky Prince aircraft with registration G-CJZU crashed near Goodwood Airfield in Chichester, West Sussex shortly after take-off. The two men on board were killed.
Inquests have been opened into their tragic deaths, and West Sussex assistant coroner Robert Simpson has officially named the two men from Balls Cross, West Sussex and Alverstoke, Hampshire.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two men at this difficult time.
Reports from the scene
Shortly after the accident, officers, fire and ambulance crews attended the scene. Another pilot who took off from Goodwood Airfield just before the accident is reported as saying he “could see black smoke reaching 100ft at the other side of the runaway just outside the bounds of the airfield itself”.
Although there has been speculation among amateur pilots that the cause of the accident was an engine stall just after take-off, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) report into what happened is unlikely to be available for several months. The inquest is unlikely to resume until that report is available.
Stewarts’ specialist aviation team will be monitoring the progress of the AAIB investigation.
Sarah Stewart, a partner in Stewarts’ aviation team, commented:
“While the results of the AAIB investigation are awaited, it is inappropriate to comment on the likely causes of this tragedy. What is important for the families at this time is for the authorities to be able to conduct a full, frank and thorough investigation.”
Stewarts have extensive experience of bringing claims on behalf of those involved in all kinds of aviation accidents.
Stewarts have litigated on behalf of clients involved in light aircraft crashes both in the UK and abroad, including those arising from issues such as technical and maintenance failures, inflight loss of control and pilot error, and are well equipped to bring a claim in the most advantageous forum that the accident circumstances allow.
In one recent example, Stewarts has represented most of the bereaved families in the Shoreham air crash disaster of 2015.
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