Inquest opens into death of Louth man Matthew Chapman

Matthew Chapman. EMN-150606-224235001
Matthew Chapman. EMN-150606-224235001

An inquest has opened into the death of Matthew Chapman, the Louth pilot who killed in a helicopter crash near the Isle of Man TT course at the weekend.

Mr Chapman, 48, died last Saturday (June 6) when the Bell Jetranger aircraft he was piloting came down in a field next to the 33rd Milestone on the Mountain Road.

The inquest, which opened this morning (June 11), heard that Cleethorpes-born Mr Chapman, from Tathwell near Louth, had flown two passengers from Woburn golf course in Buckinghamshire to the Creg-ny-Baa.

His plan had been to fly to Ronaldsway airport to refuel and then get a taxi back to the Creg to watch the racing.

Eyewitnesses saw the helicopter travelling in the direction of Kate’s Cottage and Windy Corner but then descend to the ground.

Mr Chapman was pronounced dead at the scene. Fire crews extracted his body from the wreckage.

A post mortem has been carried out but with the results of toxicology tests awaited, the cause of death has yet to be established.

Isle of Man’s Coroner of inquests, John Needham, said the air accident investigation is continuing and adjourned the inquest for a date to be fixed.

Releasing the body of the deceased for repatriation and funeral, he asked for his sincere condolences to be passed on to Mr Chapman’s family.