Top Gun died in plane with dodgy en­gine

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY MARK SHALES

A TOP RAF test pi­lot crashed and died in a plane whose en­gine had never been over­hauled in its 24-year history.

Seat­belts in the Rus­sian Yak-52 were prob­a­bly orig­i­nal and should have been re­placed four years ago, an Air Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tions Branch probe has found.

Flight Lieu­tenant Alex Parr, 40, was thrown from the cock­pit and killed in­stantly at Boscombe Down, Wilt­shire, last July.

Dad-of-three Flt Lt Parr made a May­day call when the plane be­gan to stall soon after take-off.

The in­quiry added that a sec­ond pi­lot, who sur­vived the crash, was in­ad­e­quately pre­pared, hav­ing only logged an hour in the air­craft in the pre­vi­ous year.

TRAGEDY Flt Lt Alex Parr

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