A distinguished pilot who taught Prince William to fly a helicopter died in a high-speed motorcycle crash after he attempted to overtake a lorry, an inquest heard. James Hassell, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on the A417 near Faringdon, Oxfordshire on March 10 last year.
The respected Army Air Corps Lynx helicopter pilot was selected to teach the prince on a fast-track flying course five years ago.
The inquest into Mr Hassell’s death, held at Oxford Coroner’s Court, heard the helicopter pilot, was also a keen motorcyclist who enjoyed going for long motorbike rides around the countryside at weekends with his friends. A witness informed said that the pair had just left the village of Faringdon and were travelling down the narrow country lane when they noticed a green truck travelling about 300m in front of them at around 9.35am when the fatal accident happened.
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