Pump Court Chambers

Suicide verdict successfully resisted on behalf of the family of the man who once held the record for flying around the world solo

News 15th December 2015

A Jury has recorded a narrative verdict following an Inquest into the death of an experienced pilot last year. Muhammad Naviede, 60 from Regent’s Park London was piloting a PA-38 Tomahawk aircraft when it spun out of control and crashed in a field in Buckinghamshire in August 2014. Mr Naviede, was an experienced pilot who once held the record for flying around the world solo. The aircraft was not required to be fitted with a flight recorder or cock pit voice recorder, which made it almost impossible, for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), to determine the cause of the accident.

After hearing the evidence and submissions from the parties concerned, which pointed to a number of possibilities, Coroner Mr Richard Hulett, was not satisfied that there was a case to go to the jury on suicide, and so instructed the jury that a verdict of suicide could not be returned and withdrew consideration of it from them. Following deliberation, the jury recorded a narrative verdict that stated that the evidence did not sufficiently disclose why the aircraft crashed.

Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN of Pump Court Chambers was instructed on behalf of the family, by Irwin Mitchell.

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