Andrew Buck, 37, and passenger Lewis Stubbs, 18, both tragically died when their two-seater light aircraft crashed during a trip from Northumberland to Malta in July 2019.
An inquest into their deaths, held at Sunderland Coroner’s Court, heard how they were travelling through the French Alps when the group – which consisted of four aircrafts – took a ‘wrong turn’ into a higher and narrower valley, the Maddalena Pass.
Three single-seater planes – piloted by Alexander Szymanski, Richard Pike and Samuel Woodgate – and a two-seater aircraft piloted by Mr Buck, of Seaham, had left England on July 21, 2019, following months of planning.
A report from the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety confirmed the group were met with perfect conditions, on July 24, as they took off from…
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