Fatal Caernarfon Airport plane crash in which father died on family trip was ‘probably caused by ice’

By Tryst Williams

A devoted father died in a light aircraft crash probably caused by ice, an inquest has heard.

Iain Nuttall, 37, a lorry driver, of Blackburn, died when a chartered Piper Cherokee piloted by his father John, 61, lost power on the descent into Caernarfon Airport as they travelled to North Wales for Sunday lunch.

Iain Nuttall

Iain Nuttall

The plane hit trees, nosedived into the ground just inside the airfield, and flipped over.

The dead man’s son Daniel, five, who was at the Caernarfon inquest for some of the hearing, received serious injuries as did John Nuttall.

Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones said: “The main cause of the crash is the icing of the carburettor and the failure of the pilot to probably appreciate that and apply carburettor heat to remove the icing.”

He recorded a conclusion of accidental death on Mr Nuttall who received a severe head injury.

The tragedy happened in May last year on a flight from Blackpool to Caernarfon.

John Nuttall said: “As I turned to face the runway the engine failed. The power stopped, it just went. I just couldn’t get the power back on.”

He said the power loss was “instantaneous”.

He saw the trees and had tried to gain height.

The coroner said the ice didn’t stop the single engine but reduced the flow of fuel into it.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said: “Following the accident the pilot could not remember exactly when or for how long he had applied the carburettor heat, but the selector was found in the cold position.”

Sourced by Wales Online

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