Tom Coke-Smyth was instructed by Grant Evatt and Gary Tierney of Hilary Meredith solicitors, to represent the family of Flt Lt Alan Scott at the Inquest in relation to the Puma Helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan on 11th October 2015.
Flt Lt Scott was the pilot of an RAF Puma Helicopter on operations based out of Kabul in Afghanistan. The helicopter had to overshoot its planned landing at a Soccerfield landing site as football was being played. In so doing, the helicopter tragically struck the cable of a PSTD intelligence balloon. The cable split and wrapped around the tail of the helicopter causing the tail rota drive shaft to fail. Control of the Puma was lost and it crashed killing Flt Lt Scott, Flt Lt Roberts, 2 US servicemen and a civilian contractor.HM Coroner for Oxford gave a Narrative Verdict accepting that Article 2 ECHR was engaged and raised a number of concerns to be set out in a Regulation 28 Report concerning Risk Assessment in relation to the use of the Soccerfield Landing Site and the dissemination of knowledge concerning a number of near misses.
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