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Accidental death verdict on rider
A coroner has ruled a woman fatally injured while horse riding in Lincolnshire died accidentally.

Ann Smith, 50, was found injured by a road in Waddingham near Market Rasen in October 2004.

At the time of her death there were reports a low flying plane was in the area - a fact confirmed at the hearing.

Coroner Roger Atkinson said the noise of the aircraft did contribute to the accident but added he could not reasonably criticise the pilot.

The Hercules did not fly below the authorised height of 250 ft and was 445 ft above the ground when it passed over Cliff Lane in Waddingham where Mrs Smith was found, the inquest was told.

After the hearing the family of Mrs Smith said they feared the tragedy could be repeated.

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