Norfolk

Pilot Alistair Mathie killed by propeller on Norfolk air strip

A pilot was killed when he was struck by a rotating propeller on an air strip in Norfolk, an inquest has heard.

Alistair Mathie, 67, of Burgate, near Diss, Norfolk, died instantly as he exited a light aircraft at about 15:00 GMT on 28 January.

The inquest was told Mr Mathie had landed at a farm in Tibenham following a dual flight with another man.

The hearing, in Norwich, was adjourned until a later date.

'Impact'

William Armstrong, Norfolk Coroner, said: "Upon completion of his flight, Mr Mathie exited the aircraft to the right and then made contact with the aircraft's propeller, which caused an immediate fatal head injury."

Post-mortem tests found the cause of death was a "severe head injury due to impact by an aeroplane propeller".

An investigation has been launched by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Mr Mathie, who was married, was a retired airline pilot, the inquest heard.

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