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Flight instructor on trial over East Ardsley businessman’s helicopter crash death

Undated North Yorkshire Police handout photo of Paul and Linda Spencer as Flight instructor Ian King, of Wetherby, is on trial at Leeds Crown Court following a helicopter crash at Harrogate's Rudding Park resort in which Paul and Linda Spencer, from Brighouse, died in 2008.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 3, 2013. King is charged with intent to deceive, making a false representation for the purpose of procuring for Mr Spencer the granting of a private pilot's licence. He denies the charge. See PA story COURTS Pilot. Photo credit should read: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Undated North Yorkshire Police handout photo of Paul and Linda Spencer as Flight instructor Ian King, of Wetherby, is on trial at Leeds Crown Court following a helicopter crash at Harrogate's Rudding Park resort in which Paul and Linda Spencer, from Brighouse, died in 2008.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 3, 2013. King is charged with intent to deceive, making a false representation for the purpose of procuring for Mr Spencer the granting of a private pilot's licence. He denies the charge. See PA story COURTS Pilot. Photo credit should read: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A FLIGHT instructor who allegedly lied to obtain a private pilot’s licence for an East Ardsley businessman who within weeks crashed a helicopter killing himself and his wife.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court heard how Ian King falsely certified to the Civil Aviation Authority that he had complied with all the training requirements for the boss of Country Baskets, Paul Spencer.

Prosecuting, Mr Martin Goudie told the court how Mr Spencer and his wife Linda died when their Westland Gazelle helicopter crashed in Rudding Park, Harrogate on January 26 2008. His licence was issued on December 21 the previous year.

After his death, a record of his flying experience was discovered among his papers which was different to the hours recorded in his official flying log submitted for his licence.

King, 53, of Burns Way, Clifford, Wetherby, denies making a false representation with intent to deceive the Civil Aviation Authority.

The trial continues.

 

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