Pi­lot death re­port rap

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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.

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