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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Lord Ballyedmond died instantly in helicopter crash, inquest told

A coroner has opened an inquest into the deaths of Lord Ballyedmond and the three other people who died when the tycoon’s helicopter crashed in thick fog in Norfolk.

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Lord Ballyedmond

The 70-year-old Conservative life peer, who owned Corby Castle at Great Corby, near Carlisle, was Cumbria’s richest man, reportedly worth £860m.

At a brief hearing yesterday, Norfolk Coroner Jacqueline Lake confirmed a post mortem had revealed that all four men on the helicopter died as a result of sustaining head and chest injuries.

“For reasons yet unknown, the helicopter crashed shortly after take-off and all four men on board died instantly,” said the coroner.

The 15-minute hearing also confirmed the names of the other three men on board.

They were Carl Dickerson, 36, of Thornton, Lancashire, who was chief pilot at Haughey Air Ltd; Lee Hoyle, 45, from Macclesfield, a co-pilot at the same company; and Declan Small, 42, a foreman and joiner who worked for Lord Ballyedmond. He was from Mayobridge, Co Down.

The peer’s AW139 helicopter came down last Thursday evening in a field at Gillingham on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, a short distance from Gillingham Hall, a stately home and 55-acre estate which Lord Ballyedmond’s bought in 2005 for £2.25m.

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