Helicopter crash – court date

The scene of the crashed helicopter in 2008 at Rudding Park as investigaters check the area.
The scene of the crashed helicopter in 2008 at Rudding Park as investigaters check the area.
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A FLIGHT instructor has been charged over a fatal helicopter crash at Rudding Park four years ago.

Ian King, from Wetherby, is due to appear at Haywards Heath Magistrates Court in West Sussex next Friday, February 24.

Paul Spencer, 43, and his wife, Linda, from Brighouse, were killed in the crash on January 26, 2008.

He is charged with intent to deceive, making a false representation for the purpose of procuring a private pilot’s licence for Mr Spencer. The Civil Aviation Authority said the allegation related to the instruction and exam Mr Spencer undertook to obtain his pilot’s lincence in December 2007.

Flight examiner John Jackson received a conditional discharge at Haywards Heath Magistrates Court on February 3 for making or omitting entries, or destroying a log book which should have been kept, in relation to the crash.