Inquest Hears That Engine Failure Contributed To Death Of RAF Test Pilot

Posted on December 4, 2018

The inquest in Salisbury, Wiltshire, heard Fl Lt Parr was piloting the plane and was accompanied by a safety pilot when the accident happened. The two-seater plane was privately owned but sub-contracted to Qinetiq who ran the Empire Test Pilots School on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. The court heard the Yak-52 was used in instruction flights to train elite pilots to become test pilots and instructors.

Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner David Ridley told the jury at the start of proceedings that the plane had broken flight instruments and one of the issues they would have to consider was whether this contributed to the crash. “One issue you will have to consider is whether the failure of the instruments contributed to the unsatisfactory forced landing at Dinton airfield,” the coroner said. “Finally, were there any other circumstances that contributed to Alex’s death?” The hearing heard that the married father-of-three, from Marlborough, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and was formally identified by dental records. Fl Lt Parr’s widow, Dr Alice Parr, told the inquest in a written statement that her husband had joined the RAF as teenager. He won a scholarship to read engineering at Cambridge University before becoming an officer upon graduation.

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