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Pilot who died in Postling plane crash is named as Peter Leopold Winters, 51, from Belgium

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The man who died in a plane crash in Kent has been named as Peter Winters, from Belgium.

Mr Winters, 51, a mechanic and flight engineer, died after a yellow Tiger Moth came down in a field in Postling, an area of natural beauty near Hythe.

The light aircraft crashed at around 2pm on Sunday, July 21, a short distance from Pent Farm Airfield.

Investigators at the scene. Picture: Paul Amos
Investigators at the scene. Picture: Paul Amos

It prompted a huge emergency response, and saw police, fire and ambulance crews and the air ambulance descend on the small village.

They remained at the crash scene late into the night and part of the next day.

Today, an inquest into Mr Winters' death opened at the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone, and was attributed to multiple injuries.

There was one passenger in his aircraft, a man in his 40s, who suffered serious injuries, but survived.

Mr Winters was also named on social media. A Facebook post shared on the 'Belgian Wings' group reads: "Sad news: Pierre (Peter) Winters died in a crash last Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the scene
Emergency services were called to the scene

"He worked as an airframe technician F-16 (1 Wing intervention, H2) in the late eighties and early nineties before he started his own bussiness in Deurne."

The crash is being investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, who last week removed the wreckage from the field.

The broken Tiger Moth was transported to their base in Farnborough where they will continue their investigations.

Coroner Katrina Hepburn adjourned the inquest and said it was her intention to hold a pre-inquest review before the full inquest, but said she couldn't set a date for either until she had received guidance from the air crash investigators.

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