Flying centre sends condolences to pilots’ families

Scene of the crash near Castle Howard.
Scene of the crash near Castle Howard.

Staff at Full Sutton Flying Centre have expressed their condolences after a light aircraft, which took off from the centre, crashed in Ryedale, killing the two men on board.

RAF student pilots Cameron James Forster, 21, from Sussex, and Ajvir Singh Sandhu, 25, from Essex, were killed as the light aircraft crash landed in a field off Mains Lane, between Castle Howard and the A64, in North Yorkshire, at about 10.40am on 20 April.

The plane that the pair were flying was a Slingsby T67 Firefly, hired from Full Sutton Flying Centre.

Simon Pocklington, owner of the centre, told the Pocklington Post: “Further to the tragic accident last Saturday involving a plane from Full Sutton Flying Centre, I would like to express our deepest and sincere condolences to the families of the two young pilots who lost their lives in this terrible accident.

“Unfortunately I was out of the country at the time when I received the news. We await the findings of the Air Accident Investigation Branch and until then we would rather not speculate or comment on what may have happened.

“Once again our thoughts are with the families and all involved.”

The Air Accident Investigation Branch says it is continuing to probe the cause of the crash.

A spokesperson for the Branch said: “A team of AAIB investigators was deployed to the accident site to start an investigation. The wreckage has been transferred to our HQ at Farnborough for more detailed examination. We will publish a report on our findings when our investigation is complete. If any safety issues are identified, we may issue safety recommendations intended to prevent similar accidents in the future.”