Witchford helicopter crash pilot death 'accidental'

Vehicles at scene of helicopter crash An investigation found a structural failure on the helicopter caused it to crash

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An experienced pilot died when his helicopter crashed following structural failure, an inquest has heard.

Robert Crofts-Bolster, 50, of Brasted, Kent, was killed when his two-seater came down in fields in Witchford, Cambridgeshire, in January 2012.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found there was a rotor blade fault that caused them to strike the craft and separate.

Wisbech Coroner William Morris ruled the death was accidental.

Mr Crofts-Bolster had nearly 5,000 flying hours and was both a flight instructor and examiner.

At the time of the crash he was flying the Robinson R22 in good weather on a route from Manston Airport, Kent, to Fenland Airfield, near Spalding in Lincolnshire.

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