Pro­pel­lor death pi­lot deaf­ened by head­set

Holly Gib­bons

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER RAF pi­lot killed when he walked into the spin­ning blades of a air­craft couldn’t hear them – be­cause he was deaf­ened by a head­set, a re­port has found.

Fly­ing in­struc­tor Alis­tair Mathie, 67, had just landed the Piper J3C-65 Cub at an airstrip when he had a “mo­men­tary lapse in con­cen­tra­tion” and walked into the pro­pel­lers.

He was in­stantly killed af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­vere head in­jury and pro­nounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened shortly af­ter 3pm on Jan­uary 28 af­ter he touched down at Pri­ory Farm airstrip in Nor­folk to al­low a stu­dent to take con­trol for a fly­ing les­son.

A re­port by the Air Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (AAIB) has re­vealed Mathie was wear­ing his head­set at the time of the ac­ci­dent and may not have heard the engine.

A post­mortem re­port found the in­juries Mathie, from Bur­gate, Nor­folk, sus­tained were con­sis­tent with him hav­ing had his head down at the time of the ac­ci­dent.

He had no med­i­cal con­di­tions which could have con­trib­uted to the ac­ci­dent, the re­port found.

Age 21, 32E-25-34, from Brighton

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