Caernarfon Airport crash: inquest opens into pilot’s death

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a pilot at Caernarfon Airport.

John Backhouse was killed when his light aircraft – a twin-engined Piper PA31 Navajo – crashed after hitting the runway at Dinas Dinlle in September.

The 62 year-old from Antrobus in Cheshire was believed to be en-route from his private runway near the M56 to the Republic of Ireland when he tried to make an unscheduled landing.

The hearing at Caernarfon was told that Mr Backhouse was identified by his dental records and although a post-mortem examination had taken place, the cause of death was being withheld.

Deputy coroner Nicola Jones said the Air Accident Investigation Branch was still investigating the crash and the inquest would be adjourned until their inquiries were completed.

Mr Backhouse, a self-employed management advisor, was a former Liverpool city councillor until he lost his seat in 1996.