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Air crash victims' inquests open

28 August 08 18:45 GMT

Inquests into the deaths of five people who died when two air craft collided near Coventry Airport have been opened and adjourned.

Brian Normington, 70, of Leamington Spa, died when his small aircraft, a Rand KR2, collided with a Cessna 407.

Harvey Antrobus, 28, of Warks, Sophie Hastings, 28, of Derbyshire, James Beagley, 34, of Bucks, and Sybille Gautrey, 33, of Northants, also died.

Police have said they are treating the crash as an accident.

Bodies recovered

The brief hearing at Leamington Spa Town Hall identified the five victims of the crash, which happened on 17 August, before adjourning.

The inquest will be resumed once the inquiry into the crash, being carried out by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, is complete.

The four on board the Cessna all worked for survey company Reconnaissance Ventures Ltd, which is based at Coventry Airport.

Their bodies were recovered from Brandon Wood, a day after Mr Normington's body was found near Coombe Abbey.

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