Accidental death ruling for plane crash man

The wreckage of the plane crash above Tempsford. PIC: Matthew Power Photography
The wreckage of the plane crash above Tempsford. PIC: Matthew Power Photography

An inquest has ruled that the death of a microlight pilot last September in a midair collision with another aircraft was accidental.

Stephen Spavins, 46, was killed when his Kitfox Microlight collided with a Cessna light aircraft when he was on his usual commute to work.

The crash happened at 3,000 feet and the two planes spiralled out of control plummeting back to earth.

Mr Spavins, who worked at G & H Seamer Funeral Directors in Sandy, was unable to regain control and died at the scene.

The inquest ruled that Mr Spavins died instantly from multiple injuries on crashing.

The aircraft crashed to the ground at Little Barford between the A1 and the main East Coast railway line.

Mr Spavins commuted to work in his Kitfox from his home in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Investigators from the AAIB said both planes had been flying at 2000 to 3000 feet with generally good visibility and both were in good mechanical condition.

However they said that all aircraft have blind spots and it would have been likely that the pilots hadn’t seen each other in sufficient time.