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Mustang crash pilot 'heavily upset' after Hardwick incident which killed passenger

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Image caption Maurice Hammond has no memory of the day the Mustang crashed, said a family friend

The pilot of a World War Two plane which crashed and killed a passenger, is trying to deal with "the challenges" of what happened.

Maurice Hammond, from Eye in Suffolk, has no memory of the aircraft coming down at Hardwick airfield in Norfolk, near Bungay.

Passenger John Marshall, in his 80s and from Leicestershire, did not survive.

Now recovering at home from many injuries, Mr Hammond is said to be "heavily upset" by the incident.

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The Mustang was on fire when the emergency services arrived at the site, around 10 miles south of Norwich on 2 October.

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Image caption The AAIB has taken the Mustang wreckage away for examination in Farnborough

Family friend and spokesman Nik Coleman said he could not remember the incident but was still recovering from broken bones, and a badly burned back.

He said: "He is of course very heavily upset by what's happened.

"As with anybody who has been involved in any kind of accident where they have survived and somebody else hasn't they haven't, he will be facing those challenges.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating the incident.

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