No need for coronial inquiry into death of pilot

Otago-Southland coroner David Crerar is satisfied with a Civil Aviation Authority investigation into the death of Ian Douglas Sloan (59), of Tauranga, and has decided not to continue with a coronial inquiry.

Mr Sloan was the pilot of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk which crashed at Monk's Airstrip, near Arrowtown, on October 17 last year.

A CAA report found he had died from blunt force head injury, coupled with severe facial fractures which caused upper airways' obstruction and aspiration of blood.

His two passengers, son-in-law Wayne Candy and aviation enthusiast Joan Urquhart, sustained serious injuries in the crash, which destroyed the plane.

In a notification to the Ministry of Justice secretary, dated September 19, Mr Crerar advised he accepted the CAA's conclusions, concurred with the recommendations made and was satisfied public interest had been served.

Following the incident, a CAA safety recommendation was raised to develop information for pilots regarding unsupervised operations at airstrips.

The "prudence" of obtaining additional training for airstrip operations would also be highlighted and information would be published in the CAA Vector magazine later this year.