Pilot charged with threatening to kill UKIP leader Nigel Farage
Wednesday 01 December 2010
The pilot of the plane which crashed and injured Nigel Farage during a polling day stunt has been charged with threatening to kill the Ukip leader.
Justin Adams, 45, had been contracted to fly the light aircraft which nose-dived to the ground while towing a campaign banner on May 6.
Mr Farage, who escaped with broken ribs, bruised lungs and facial injuries, later declared himself "the luckiest man alive" and said he feared he would burn to death in the wreckage on General Election day.
Adams was arrested at his home in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, on Sunday.
He was yesterday remanded in custody at Oxfordshire Magistrates' Court and will appear again on December 7.
An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report found the PZL-104 Wilga 35A came down after the banner reading: "Vote for your country: Vote UKIP", became wrapped around the tail of the aircraft.
This caused the plane's nose to drop and although Adams "maintained some control of the aircraft", he could not prevent it crashing into a field at Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Northamptonshire.
Mr Farage, 46, who failed in his bid to oust Commons Speaker John Bercow from his Buckingham seat, was rescued as fuel poured out into the cockpit.
He emerged dressed in a pin-stripe suit, blue shirt and tie, with a UKIP rosette still attached after his harness was released by witnesses.
He was unable to attend the count at Aylesbury Civic Centre and was instead transferred to hospital for treatment.
Adams, who had been trapped in the wreckage of the aircraft for a time, also required medical treatment.
It was not the first time Farage has cheated death - he was hit by a car 25 years ago and left with a fractured skull.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Gaza-Israel conflict: The terrible price Palestinian children are paying for Israel’s war with Hamas
Rotten egg smell could help battle heart disease and Alzheimer's
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
- 2 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week