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Paul Hollywood’s brother-in-law killed when his plane crashed into Spanish mountain amid thick fog

BAKE OFF star Paul Hollywood’s brother-in-regulation was killed when his aircraft flew into a Spanish mountain in thick fog, an inquest read.

Father-of-two Simon Moores, 62, died following his light-weight aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Errezil in the north of Spain in January 2019, the hearing was informed.

Simon Moores was killed when his plane flew into the side of a mountain


Simon Moores was killed when his aircraft flew into the facet of a mountain
Paul Hollywood with his ex-wife Alex


Paul Hollywood with his ex-spouse AlexCredit history: Rex Characteristics

The prospects of the Piper Arrow III landing properly ended up “distant” in these horrendous conditions, the inquest in Maidstone, Kent, listened to on May 5.

The hearing was told that in advance of the flight took off it was probably there was reduced vision.

Coroner Joanne Andrews claimed it was difficult to know whether Mr Moores and his passenger, David Hockings, have been currently being “naive or optimistic” in selecting to choose off.

The listening to also listened to how it is not regarded what temperature system they had made use of to figure out no matter whether it was protected to fly.

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On the other hand, Mrs Andrews reported: “Presented these weather conditions ailments, the possibility of [landing] the airplane was pretty frankly remote.”

Mr Moores and Mr Hockings were killed as they designed their way from the Portuguese town of Cascais to San Sebastian before crashing into Mount Hernio.

The inquest listened to Mr Moores wasn’t informed of how close he was to the mountains and so did not know of the danger they were being in until eventually it was far too late.

These kinds of deaths are recognized as “managed flight into terrain”.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded by Mrs Andrews as she stated the information all-around the lethal airplane journey.

Statements from the authorities in Spain, witness accounts and a post-mortem by Dr Andrew Wild ended up read through out by the Coroner.

No proof was uncovered that there were being any difficulties with possibly Mr Moores’ means to fly the airplane or with the aircraft itself.

The inquest read how the aircraft currently being piloted by Mr Moores, whose Certification of Airworthiness had previous been renewed in 2018, left Cascais at 8.30am regional time and crashed at 1.55pm.

Signal was lost in between 12.20pm and 12.30pm, in advance of police ended up informed.

Emergency solutions had to use ropes to climb almost 1,000 metres to attain the scene on the side of the Spanish mountain.

Mrs Andrews explained: “This flight would have been predicted to have taken three several hours and 42 minutes.

“The proof I have is the flight went as predicted right up until about 12.30pm that working day.”

Concluding the inquest, she extra: “In this scenario, possessing considered the evidence, I am content that a single [a conclusion] of accident can be utilized.”

The Coroner also handed her condolences on to Mr Moores’ two youngsters and his wife.

Mr Moores’ sister, Alex, had been married to Good British Bake Off star Mr Hollywood but the few divorced in 2019.

He experienced served as a Conservative councillor on Thanet District Council in Kent for various a long time from 2007.

He ran a website referred to as, on which he posted aerial shots of the Kent coastline.

Mr Moore was also a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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The late pilot, who lived in Westgate-On-Sea, Kent, shared images from the aircraft – captioned “Mountains of mid Spain” – prior to the crash on January 9, 2019.

A previous inquest, held in September 2019, experienced concluded that the circumstances guiding Mr Moores’ death would never be recognized.

The late pilot, who lived in Westgate-On-Sea, Kent, shared pictures from the plane - captioned "Mountains of mid Spain" moments before the crash


The late pilot, who lived in Westgate-On-Sea, Kent, shared pics from the aircraft – captioned “Mountains of mid Spain” times ahead of the crashCredit history: Instagram