Company to pay £270,000 after death of war veteran

A COMPANY has been ordered to pay £270,000 in damages to the family of a Falklands veteran who died when a plane he was piloting crashed while practising aerobatic manoeuvres. Anthony Hunt, 48, of Camberley, Surrey, died along with his brother Ian, 45. Th

A COMPANY has been ordered to pay £270,000 in damages to the family of a Falklands veteran who died when a plane he was piloting crashed while practising aerobatic manoeuvres.

Anthony Hunt, 48, of Camberley, Surrey, died along with his brother Ian, 45.

The Russian-built Yak 52 aircraft owned by Yak UK Ltd of Sandy hit a high voltage overhead power line and plunged into a field near Towcester, Northants, in 2003.

An investigation revealed that a screwdriver had become wedged into the wires operating the plane's elevators.

Mr Justice David Clarke was told at the High Court on Monday that Mr Hunt, a father of two teenage daughters, could not gain control of the aircraft.

The judge said that the family had suffered a "tragic loss".

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Yak UK Ltd denied liability for the accident.