England

Wife speaks of shock after Worcester pilot's crash

Bruce Hook
Image caption Mr Hook senior was flying his own plane when the incident happened

The wife of a pilot killed with his son in a light aircraft crash in Spain has said she cannot "take it in".

Bruce Hook, 63, of Worcester, and his son Ian, 26, died on Saturday as they prepared for an air race at San Luis aerodrome on the island of Menorca.

Post-mortem examinations were being carried out on the victims, a Spanish government spokesman in Menorca said.

Brenda Hilvert, whose husband owned a village garage in Lapworth, Warwickshire, said it "was a shock".

She added: "It's too hard to take in."

Judicial authority investigating

The plane had just taken off when it nosedived, crashed and exploded, it was thought.

Mr Hook senior was flying his own plane, a Beech Baron 55 in RAF colours.

The Spanish civil aviation authority and the judicial authority were investigating the incident.

The Spanish government spokesman said: "A judge in Mahon [capital of the Balearic island] is overseeing the judicial investigation.

Image caption The Spanish civil aviation authority was investigating

"He will be given the results of the autopsies and is likely to look at all the information about the accident and speak to witnesses.

"The investigation could take two or three months."

Business colleague Stephen Esslemont said Mr Hook senior was a "very competent" pilot.

He added: "From what I heard, it took off, nosedived and crashed 100 metres past the end of the runway and the plane exploded."

Mr Hook, a father-of-two, had owned the Willpower Garage in Lapworth for more than 20 years. He was a member of the AWA Flying Group at Baginton Airport, Coventry, his colleagues said.

His son, who lived in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, was unmarried but had a girlfriend.

The two men were believed to have been preparing for an air race organised by two branches of the Royal Aero Club.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites