Second man dies after plane crash

A former RAF pilot yesterday lost his fight for life, three weeks after sustaining injuries when his aerobatic biplane crashed on a Norfolk airfield, killing another pilot who was flying with him.

A FORMER RAF pilot has died three weeks after sustaining injuries when his aerobatic biplane crashed on a Norfolk airfield, killing another pilot who was flying with him.

Stephen Shutt, 51, from Hingham, died at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, in the early hours of Thursday from injuries suffered when his Christen Eagle II aerobatic biplane was involved in a collision with a crop sprayer tractor at Seething Airfield, near Norwich, three weeks ago.

With him in the plane was 49-year-old Ian Davies, a director of group business development for Archant, publisher of the East Anglian Daily Times. Mr Davies was killed instantly in the accident.

It was confirmed by the RAF central press office that Mr Shutt had been a Jaguar pilot at the former RAF Coltishall base.


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A spokesman from the Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) said its inquiry was ongoing.

A key part of that investigation is which of the two men were controlling the plane, which was dual operated, and why it appeared the crop sprayer was not seen.

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