Friday, 24 September 2021

Pilot dies as light aircraft crashes into Italian mountain

A PILOT from Wargrave has died after his light aircraft crashed into an Italian mountain in thick fog.

A PILOT from Wargrave has died after his light aircraft crashed into an Italian mountain in thick fog.

Alan Tyson, 51, of Ridgeway, was killed instantly after his five-seater Beechcraft 58 Baron twin turbo prop plane flew into Mount Mindino, near the Italian Riviera at an altitude of 1,880m on Sunday.

Police and air accident officials are investigating the accident and looking at the possibility that the aeroplane’s altimeter was faulty.

Police were alerted by air traffic controllers at Albenga airport after the aircraft disappeared from radar screens shortly after taking off on Sunday morning.

A walker told officers he heard the low-flying plane and then seconds later the sound of a crash. Visibility was said to be poor at the time of the accident, with fog covering mountains in the area.

It is believed Mr Tyson, who was director of Bonanza Flying Club in Belgravia, delayed his departure because of the poor weather but had tried to make the flight after a “clear window” was forecast.

The plane took off at about 9.30am but at noon it crashed into the slopes of the mountain near Garessio, 30 miles north of Albenga. A loud explosion was reported by walkers further down the mountain.

Firefighters and alpine rescue teams attended the scene shortly after the crash and the wreckage was found close to a cross that marks the summit.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident and are providing consular assistance to the family.”

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