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Plane crash woman Clare Dickson unlawfully killed

Greg and Clare Dickson
Image caption Greg and Clare Dickson died after their plane wing clipped a mountain in fog

A woman from Truro and her husband were killed unlawfully in a plane crash in the Swiss Alps because of pilot negligence a coroner has ruled.

Clare Dickson, 26, and Greg Dickson, 37, from New Zealand, were living in Switzerland when the crash happened in fog in September 2007.

The inquest at Truro City Hall heard the pilot was not used to Alpine flying in bad weather.

Dr Emma Carlyon, coroner for Cornwall, recorded verdicts of unlawful killing.

Pilot David Pizzi, now aged 38, and his brother who was also a passenger, both survived after the Piper single engine planed crashed.

The pilot later pleaded guilty to manslaughter through negligence and was fined.

Air accident investigators found he was not used to Alpine flying in bad weather, had not checked weather conditions properly, had not prepared a proper flight plan or taken enough fuel.

The inquest heard the plane was travelling from Florence to Zurich when fog descended and Mr Pizzi attempted to turn it around but the wing clipped a mountain at 7,000ft (2,134m) and crashed.

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