Mid-air plane crash inquest could end today

22:56, Jul 21 2014
Jessica Neeson

The coroner's inquest into two women who died after a mid-air collision above Feilding has restarted in Palmerston North this morning.

Flight Training Manawatu chief instructor Jessica Neeson, 27, and trainee pilot Patricia Smallman, 64, died when their Cessna 152 and another aircraft collided near Taonui Aerodrome on July 6, 2010.

The pilot of the other plane, Manoj Kadam, managed to land safely and has returned to India. He gave evidence for the inquest in February 2011 before he left.

The inquest was adjourned while the Transport Accident Investigation Commission completed a report, which was released last year.

Seven witness are scheduled to give evidence at the inquest, run by coroner Tim Scott, over the next two days.

Among them is Flight Training Manawatu chief executive Michael Bryant, who is represented by Whanganui lawyer Peter Brosnahan, and other members of the Feilding pilot training school.

The coroner said the inquest could end today, and may run late to do so.


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