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Plane crash victims are remembered one year on

PUBLISHED: 17:44 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:30 12 August 2010

MONDAY marked the first anniversary of the Farnborough air crash in which five people lost their lives. Mike Roberts, 64, from Effingham, Surrey, and his co-pilot Mike Chapman, 57 from Shoreham-by-Sea both died. Their passengers, former British tourin

MONDAY marked the first anniversary of the Farnborough air crash in which five people lost their lives.

Mike Roberts, 64, from Effingham, Surrey, and his co-pilot Mike Chapman, 57 from Shoreham-by-Sea both died.

Their passengers, former British touring car champion David Leslie, 54, owner of Apex Jaguar racing team, Richard Lloyd, 63 and Christopher Allarton, 25, also perished after their plane plummeted in to a house in Romsey Close, shortly after taking off from Biggin Hill.

A condolence book which has been at Biggin Hill airport since the crash, on March 30 last year, was sent to the partner of first pilot Mike Roberts, 64, from Effingham, Surrey, earlier this week.

Biggin Hill managing director Peter Lonergan said he would be paying a visit to the site within the next week to visit staff at the sports centre which helped out in the aftermath of the tragedy.

The five men took off from Biggin Hill but got in to difficulty while flying over Farnborough.

The plane plunged into an unoccupied house in a quiet cul-de-sac, narrowly missing some children on playing fields to the back of the property.


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