Dorset

Biplane crash: Pilot 'attempted loop-the-loop'

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Image caption The Tiger Moth crashed in a field at Witchampton, Dorset, in May 2011

A pilot killed his passenger after trying a "loop-the-loop" in a vintage aircraft which had "an improbable chance of recovery", a court has heard.

Scott Hoyle, 48, from Poole, had been flying low in a Tiger Moth, which crashed near Witchampton, Dorset, in May 2011.

His passenger, former Royal Marine Commando Orlando Rogers, 26, was injured and died in hospital.

Mr Hoyle, who is also a former Marine, denies manslaughter.

Winchester Crown Court heard Mr Rogers, who weighed more than 18 stone (114kg), was too big for the plane to safely carry out a spin.

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Image caption Orlando Rogers served as an officer with the Royal Marines for six years
Image caption Scott Hoyle is being retried at Winchester Crown Court

The 1930s plane had taken off from Compton Abbas Airfield, near Shaftesbury, before coming down 980ft (300m) away from Rowbarrow Lane, Witchampton.

The jury heard Mr Hoyle, of Charborough Road, Broadstone, is being retried on two charges.

He also denies endangering the safety of an aircraft, but the court heard how he carried out a similar "loop-the-loop" manoeuvre on an earlier flight the same day with a different passenger.

Mr Rogers served as an officer with the Royal Marines for six years and had been deployed in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.

The trial continues.

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