Pilot death report rap
THE engine of a 24-yearold plane that crashed killing a top RAF test pilot had never been overhauled, a report reveals.
Flt Lt Alex Parr, 40, died when he was flung from the Russian Yak-52, which had seatbelts that were too old, said the Air Accident Investigations Branch.
The dad-of-three, flying from Boscombe Down, Wilts, in July last year sent out a mayday call when the plane stalled.
The AAIB said the plane’s forced landing in a wheat field failed when a its left wingtip hit the ground and part of the fuselage broke up.
A report by the MoD earlier this year strongly criticised the RAF for failures that contributed.