No faults with death crash plane

AN investigation into a light aircraft crash that killed a Suffolk garage owner found no specific reason for the accident, an inquest has heard.Stephen Cowham, 40, of Wingfield near Eye, died while performing aerobatics for friend Alan Smith, who was celebrating his retirement from Diss auctioneers Gaze & Son, in the village of Hoxne in July 2006.

AN investigation into a light aircraft crash that killed a Suffolk garage owner found no specific reason for the accident, an inquest has heard.

Stephen Cowham, 40, of Wingfield near Eye, died while performing aerobatics for friend Alan Smith, who was celebrating his retirement from Diss auctioneers Gaze & Son, in the village of Hoxne in July 2006.

Mr Cowham, who owned a garage near Fressingfield, died after losing control of his 1993 Slingsby Firefly, which spiralled to the ground and burst into flames.

At yesterday's inquest held at Lowestoft Magistrates Court, Greater Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean recorded a verdict of accidental death.

He said that investigators could not pinpoint any specific reason for the accident.

The official report by the Air Accident Investigation Branch said nothing indicated there were any mechanical problems with the plane, he told the hearing.