Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Lord’s son was killed in African air smash

Five British tourists, including married couple and the son of a Labour peer, died in Malawi when the light aircraft they were travelling in stalled, an inquest heard yesterday.

Research scientist Dr Daniel Turnberg, the son of life peer Lord Turnberg of Cheadle, was killed when the Cessna plane crashed in June 2007.

The inquest, in Norwich, heard how married couple Dawn Rollins and Colin Smith, father-of-two Nigel Clout, and David Murrell, died along with the Canadian pilot.

An accident investigation by authorities in Malawi concluded the aircraft had stalled in a valley when trying to clear a mountain.

The inquest was told the plane came down in a remote area, making it “logistically impossible” to recover the wreckage.

The report found there were “no defects or malfunctions” with the aircraft's engine that could have contributed to the crash.

The aircraft had no black box and no radio contact with air controllers, the hearing was told.

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