Inquest into air-crash deaths adjourned

An inquest into the deaths of a family and a teenager who died in a plane crash was opened and adjourned today.

Sharif Booz, his wife Margaret, their 14-year-old son Ayman and his friend Charlie Froud, also 14, all died when the light aircraft being piloted by Mr Booz crashed in the remote Wicklow mountains on October 25.

The Piper PA-28 single engine plane was on its way from Gloucester to Co Kildare when it went missing around lunchtime.

Following a massive search operation, the wreckage of the aircraft was discovered by rescuers acting on information from a hill-walker in a remote region in the west of the county.

The Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit is continuing its inquiries into what went wrong.

The inquest into their deaths was opened and adjourned to a date to be fixed at Flax Bourton’s Coroner’s Court in Bristol today.

Post-mortem examinations have revealed the four people died from multiple injuries.

It is understood the bodies are due to be brought back to Britain today.

Two funeral services for the Booz family are being held tomorrow to accommodate their Muslim and Catholic faiths.

A burial service will take place at the cemetery in Lower Almondsbury, where the family were an active part of the community.

It will be followed by a requiem mass at 11.30am in Holy Family Catholic Church in Patchway.

Mr Booz, 47, was born in Kuwait, the son of an Egyptian surgeon, and ran property letting business Millar House Management based in Almondsbury.

Mrs Booz, 58, was born in Ireland and the couple have another son, Sammi, 20, who is an architecture student at Nottingham University.

Details of Charlie’s funeral have yet to be announced.

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