Police name pilot killed in Bishop Norton air crash

Friday 1pm POLICE have named the pilot who was killed in Wednesday's air crash at Snitterby Carr, near Bishop Norton, west of Market Rasen.

He was Captain John Fairey DL, who lived at Bossington near Stockbridge in Hampshire.

John Fairey was born in 1935 in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire and educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Cambridge. After National Service and university he joined Cambrian Airways as a pilot in the 1960s and continued to fly with them after they were taken over by BOAC (later British Airways).

He left to go to Rhodesia in 1978 and flew with the Rhodesian Air Force

until hostilities ceased in 1980. On his return to England, he flew

for Channel Express until he reached retirement at 65.

He was chairman of the Development Trust of the Museum of Army Flying, was on the board at Middle Wallop, and was heavily involved with the Fleet Air Army Museum at Yeovil.

He was married first to Anne Downward and secondly to Beverley Fairey (nee Halford), his widow. He was predeceased by three sons, Richard, James and Alexander, and survived by his daughter, Sarah Jane, and grandson Alexander.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Gina Livermore, a close friend, said: "The family are devastated at this tragic event. He was a much loved man, a good and generous friend, and respected by all who knew him in the village and beyond.

"The family request that they are allowed to grieve in private though appreciate that he was a well known man in Hampshire and aviation circles and that everyone has their memories of him and will share the family grief."

Please click here to view tributes to John Fairey from the flying community.