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TWO Army officers were killed when their helicopter struck power lines, an inquest was told.

A witness described his surprise at seeing how low and fast the Army Air Corps Squirrel helicopter was flying during a training exercise.

Lieutenant Mark Reynolds, 24, a former Durham University engineering graduate, and Warrant Officer Class 2 Vince Hussell, 36, died when the aircraft crashed on May 29, 2008 at Kingscott, Devon. Lt Reynolds, who was learning to fly the Squirrel, and WO2 Hussell, the instructor, were on the final exercise of a course at 670 Army Air Corps Squadron based at Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

Lt Reynolds, a former head boy at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, was from Aslockton, near Nottingham. WO2 Hussell, a married father of three, served with 2 (Training) Regiment Army Air Corps. The officer, from Marton-le-Moor, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, was a veteran pilot with more than 2,000 hours' flying experience.

The inquest at County Hall in Exeter heard that WO2 Hussell was declared dead at the scene, while Lt Reynolds died later. Post mortem examinations found that both men died from multiple injuries.

Witness Henry Lamb said he had never seen a helicopter fly so low before. The inquest was adjourned until today.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 24, 2012
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