A pilot, who survived a horrifying 1,000ft plunge in his microlight aircraft, has been awarded £100,000 in compensation from the aeroplanes manufacturers.
Fifty four year old Jim Martin, from Wylam, in Northumberland, was at the controls of the aircraft, which was carrying one passenger, when the tail snapped off sending the plane spiralling out of control and plummeting earthwards.
The Evening Chronicle newspaper is reporting that the plane eventually smashed into the ground at the Burgham Golf Course, near Morpeth, with the pilot being praised for carrying out an expert crash-landing, which almost certainly saved his life and that of his passenger Jon Ker, from Rothbury, also in Northumberland.
However, both men did suffer terrible injuries in the accident and subsequently launched a claim for compensation against the aircrafts manufacturers, French company Dyn’ Aero.
The aircraft manufacturer originally denied liability for the incident but following an investigation it was discovered that aluminium bolts which secured the microlight’s tail-plane to the fin had failed due to corrosion.
Both men were eventually awarded £100,000 in compensation after a five year legal battle, with Mr. Ker stating that the claim had never been about the money but about “proving that the accident wasn’t our fault.”