Pilot faces charges over plane crash

A pilot from Poulton has been summonsed to court to face numerous charges over a plane crash which injured two men.

Friday, 2nd March 2018, 5:57 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd March 2018, 6:00 pm
Robert Murgatroyd

Police were called to reports a light aircraft had crashed on farmland shortly after taking off from Barton Airport in Eccles, Greater Manchester, on the morning of September 9 last year.

Four people were on board at the time of the incident. One man suffered a minor head injury and a serious arm injury and another man sustained a serious head wound which was not life-threatening.

Robert Gregor Murgatroyd (pictured), 51, of Windy Harbour Road, Poulton, will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on March 28, said Greater Manchester Police.

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He is accused of endangering the safety of an aircraft, endangering the safety of persons or property, failing to discharge responsibilities as pilot in command and failing to carry documents on a flight.

Murgatroyd is also charged with flying otherwise than in accordance with a licence, flying without insurance and two counts of fraud between June 2016 and April 2017.