Friday, November 13, 2009

Millionaire and wife killed later than new helicopter crashed

 A millionaire and his wife were killed when they took to the air in their newly-acquired helicopter and crashed in weather circumstances which more experienced pilots might have chosen to avoid, an accident statement said.

It was probable that businessman Paul Spencer's eagerness of having just taken delivery'' of the Gazelle helicopter overcame any concerns about the strong and gusty wind conditions, the Air Accidents inquiry Branch (AAIB) report added.

Had his pilot colleagues known that Mr Spencer, 43, of Brighouse, West Yorkshire, was intending to fly, ''they would have tried to deter him from doing so'', the AAIB said.

The report also said that extensive goods capitalist Mr Spencer, although experienced in flying fixed-wing aircraft, had only just qualified to fly helicopters.

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