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Bedfordshire air show crash pilot inquest adjourned

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Media captionIan Bowskill and Eric Coyle were at the event when the crash happened

An inquest into the death of a pilot at a Bedfordshire air show on Sunday has been opened and adjourned.

Trevor Roche, 52, of Salisbury in Wiltshire, died when his vintage aircraft crashed during a practice run in front of hundreds of people.

Mr Roche, who was believed to be a former British Airways pilot, was taking part in a show at Old Warden Aerodrome near Biggleswade.

He was declared dead at the scene after the crash in a rare de Havilland DH 53.

The aerodrome is home to the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft.

Some 600 people had attended the air show which was cancelled in the wake of the tragedy to allow accident investigators to assess the scene.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed an investigation had been launched to determine the circumstances behind the crash.

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