Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

'Strong winds' led to plane crash

An Army helicopter removes the wreckage of the plane, which crashed in October 2008
An Army helicopter removes the wreckage of the plane, which crashed in October 2008

Two best friends were killed when a plane carrying four British holidaymakers crashed in a gale as it flew over the Corriebracks Mountains, an inquest has heard

Ayman Booz and Charlie Froud, both 14, died along with Ayman's parents, Sharif Booz, 47, and Margaret O'Kennedy-Booz, 58.

The four, all from Almondsbury, near Bristol, had been planning to spend the half-term break with Mrs O'Kennedy-Booz's relatives in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

The single-engine plane smashed into the mountainside as Kuwait-born Mr Booz fought to control it in very strong winds, killing all four instantly.

The inquest at Flax Bourton, near Bristol, heard they had taken off from Gloucestershire Airport, near Cheltenham, on the morning of October 28 2008.

Company director Mr Booz, who was an experienced pilot, was flying the 34-year-old Piper PA-28 plane as it headed for Kilrush airfield in Co Kildare. But Mr Booz had not told air traffic controllers at Kilrush to expect the plane.

A report from the Air Accident Investigation Unit in Ireland was read to the inquest, which stated the poor weather conditions had contributed to the crash.

"Weather conditions at the time of the accident were poor, with strong winds gusting in excess of 50 knots, poor visibility and rain," the report said.

The inquest heard that the last radar contact with the plane was made at 11.26am at it headed west at 3,300ft close to Glenmacnass Waterfall in Co Wicklow.

Deputy Avon Coroner Maria Voison recorded a narrative verdict saying the four died from multiple injuries as a result of an aircraft crash.

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