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Damages for dead pilot's family
Towcester crash
The two-seater plane was performing stunts near Towcester
The family of a Falklands veteran who died when his plane crashed while practising aerobatic manoeuvres has been awarded 270,000 damages.

Anthony Hunt, 48, of Camberley, Surrey, died alongside his brother Ian, 45.

The Russian-built Yak 52 aircraft sliced through a high-voltage overhead power line and plunged into a field near Towcester, Northants, in 2003.

The High Court award was made against Yak UK Ltd, of Sandy, Bedfordshire. It denies liability for the accident.

Litigation risks

It emerged from an investigation that a short screwdriver had become wedged into the wires operating the plane's elevators.

Mr Justice David Clarke was told that Mr Hunt could not gain control of the aircraft and it plunged into the ground.

Mr Hunt left a widow, Deborah, now, 43 who lives in Berkshire, and two daughters, Charlotte, 19, and Sarah, 16.

The family's counsel, Christopher Hough, said that while the company still made no admission as to their liability, the family felt that they had a strong claim as to how it was that the screwdriver became caught.

The judge said that the family had suffered a "tragic loss".

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