Stanton Parish Council give their thoughts to David Jenkins’ family

David Jenkins of The Wildcats Aerobatics Team.

David Jenkins of The Wildcats Aerobatics Team. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2013

Stanton is in shock after a pilot from the village died in a crash during a practice display in Norfolk.

David Jenkins, in his 60s, was flying an Edge 360 plane during a media event yesterday to launch the Old Buckenham Airshow when he failed to recover from a spin.

Mr Jenkins, who was a member of the Wildcat Aerobatics team, was said to have been one of the leading aerobatics pilots in the UK.

His death is not the first tragedy to have hit Stanton in recent years; in 2012 midwife Hannah Seeley, 23, from the village, was killed in a crash on the A143 at Pakenham and in 2011 brothers Thomas, 26, and Daniel Hazelton, 30, and their workmates Peter Johnson (PJ), 42, from Stanton, and Adam Taylor, 28, from nearby Rickinghall, died in an industrial accident in Norfolk.

Chairman of Stanton Parish Council, Kelvin McDonald, said the parish council’s thoughts went out to Mr Jenkins’ family.

“I think the community will be shocked. It’s another tragic accident involving somebody losing their life, which is not nice in any community; you don’t have to know them.”

Stanton borough councillor Jim Thorndyke added: “It’s really sad and my thoughts are with the family.”