Inquest opens into death of parish councillor from Milton Keynes

The inquest opened today

The inquest into the death of a pilot who was killed when his light aircraft came down in a nature reserve, opens today in Oxford.

Father-of-two Dave Norris was a parish councillor at Newton Longville Parish Council and was just weeks away from celebrating his 65th birthday when the accident happened on January 15, 2017.

He died at the scene near Aston Rowant Nature Reserve on the border of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Coroner’s officer Kirsty Harris wrote in a statement read at the inquest opening: “The initial report received at 2.30pm by Thames Valley Police said a light aircraft had crashed on the Oxon/Bucks border.

“It was confirmed the pilot was the sole person in the aircraft. Cause of death was severe head trauma

”No date has been set for a full inquest at Oxford Coroner’s Court into the death of Mr Norris which happened on January 15, but a jury will be required as in all deaths involving air crashes.

Councillor Norris lived in Milton Keynes with his wife Sylvie and two children Gareth and Becky.

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