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Inquest into death of pilot opened

Karl Bettoney died after crashing into cliffs at Bradda Head

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The inquest into the death of a pilot who crashed into Bradda Head has been opened at Douglas Courthouse.

Karl Bettoney, who was from Laxey, died on 17 July after the plane he was flying collided with a cliff-face in Port Erin.

The 64-year-old financial advisor suffered multiple injuries from ‘blast and impact trauma’ as a result of the collision. 

Coroner of Inquests James Brooks said investigations into the incident were continuing. 

The court heard Mr Bettoney’s remains were identified by DNA from a ‘muscle sample’ which was compared against DNA from his toothbrush. 

Coroner Brooks passed his condolences to Mr Bettoney’s family telling them this must have been the ‘most shocking loss’. 

The inquest has been adjourned to a date to be set.

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