A pilot who was killed when his light
aircraft crashed near Shoreham Airport in West Sussex has been named by
Alan Weal, 63, of Arlington Avenue, Goring, near Worthing, died when the
plane hit the ground and caught fire after a collision with another plane.
Sussex Police said it appeared he steered the plane away from homes during
the crash on Monday.
The Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) are investigating the
‘Avert greater tragedy’His family issued a statement, which said: “Alan was a captain for British
Airways for many years who flew all over the world and lived life to the full.
“He loved aeroplanes and when he retired from BA, he built his own light
“His extensive flying experience helped avert a tragedy greater than that so
sharply felt by his family; his mum, wife, two daughters, three grandchildren
and his many friends.
“He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”
Carl Foulkes, who was walking with his family, said Mr Weal just managed to
swerve the plane away from them.
He added: “I actually believe he was on collision course towards us.
“In the last seconds, as I was running and looking back, the plane sort of
dipped to the left and just steered away from us and just crashed almost
Supt Neil Honnor, of Sussex Police, said: “This was a very tragic incident.
“It would appear that Mr Weal tried to avoid local houses and managed to
crash into the open recreation ground.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
crashed into Adur Recreation Ground
No-one in Adur Recreation Ground was injured when the aircraft crashed at
about 1630 BST.
The other aircraft involved, a Diamond DA40, landed safely. Its two crew
members were shaken but uninjured.
Witnesses said the planes collided shortly after one of them had taken off
One of the planes involved belonged to Flying Time Aviation, based at
Shoreham Airport, which trains pilots.
The wreckage was strewn over a wide area and Sussex Police cordoned off the
crash site and land at Beach Green.
The A259 was also closed in both directions and traffic on Monday following
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
how he lost his heart’s desire = AL = 13 = Death.