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‘He’ll be sorely missed’ - tribute to pilot who died in Duxford plane crash

The pilot who died in a plane crash at Duxford Airfield has been named by friends and colleagues as Simon Riggs.

Emergency services were called to the crash on the site of the Imperial War Museum Duxford at 1.40pm on Tuesday, 27 March.

Emergency services at the scene Picture: Kate Moore
Emergency services at the scene Picture: Kate Moore

The victim, a man in his 50s from Bedfordshire, was pronounced dead at the scene. An inquest into his death will be opened and adjourned on 11 April in Cambridgeshire.

The aircraft was a privately-owned General Aviation Cirrus SR22, based at Duxford. There were no other passengers. Police have now passed the investigation over to the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), who remain on site at Duxford.

An AAIB spokesperson said: “A multi-disciplinary team of AAIB inspectors has deployed to Duxford, Cambridgeshire, to begin investigating an accident involving a light aircraft.”

Friends who worked with Mr Riggs on open source database PostgreSQL said they were “deeply saddened by the loss of our long-time friend and colleague”.

They added: “Simon will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him, and the PostgreSQL Project offers its deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this time.”

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 1.40pm with reports that an aircraft had crashed at Duxford Airfield. Two ambulances, three ambulance officer vehicles, three Hazardous Area Response Team vehicles and the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance attended the scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts of all emergency services involved, a man was pronounced dead at the scene.”

A spokesperson from IWM Duxford, which closed for the rest of the week, said: “Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.”

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