Pilot's final words before jet crashes into Kent house

May 31 2011

A pilot's final words before his doomed private jet plunged into a house in Kent have been replayed at an inquest into the deaths of its five occupants.

Michael Roberts reported a problem within a minute of take-off from Biggin Hill airport en route to Pau in France.

The Cessna ploughed into a house in nearby Farnborough, catching fire. The home owners were away at the time of the crash, on 30 March 2008.

Mr Roberts, from Effingham, Surrey, and the other four on board all died.

The inquest in Bromley, south-east London, heard that Mr Roberts, one of two people on board who were qualified to fly the Cessna, reported engine vibrations within a minute of taking off.

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