Last farewell to Doncaster pilot in air show tragedy

DONCASTER Minster was filled with mourners yesterday as they said a tearful goodbye to a Doncaster pilot who died at the controls of a Second World War aircraft earlier this month.

Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 3:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2007, 11:40 am

Brian Brown, aged 49, of Mallard Avenue, Barnby Dun, was killed when the plane crashed into the ground during a mock dogfight at Shoreham Air Show, West Sussex.

Mr Brown was flying a Hawker Hurricane fighter as part of a wartime re-enactment at the show on September 15.

The Archdeacon of Doncaster, the Rev Bob Fitzharris, described Mr Brown as "a unique man" who lived life to the full.

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"Brian's life was definitely not a dress rehearsal for the real thing. He leaves a gap that will never be filled."

His partner, Eileen Evans, heard tributes from other pilots who recalled his sense of humour and said their lives had been richer for having known him.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is still carrying out an inquiry into the crash, which witnesses said happened after he tried to avoid landing in a field crowded with spectators.