Pre-Inquest review into Penwortham man’s death in aeroplane crash takes place

Posted on - 12th August, 2020 - 2:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Penwortham, Preston News
Sam Pegram died while in Africa helping refugees Pic: Blog Preston/Pegram family
Sam Pegram died while in Africa helping refugees Pic: Blog Preston/Pegram family

A Pre-Inquest Review hearing into the deaths of the three Britons killed in the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crash took place yesterday afternoon (August 11).


The inquests are in relation to the deaths which include that of 25 year-old Samuel Pegram from Penwortham in Preston, who worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council.

A total of 157 passengers and crew were killed when flight ET302 crashed on 10 March 2019, six minutes after it took off from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi in Kenya.

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The Pre-Inquest review, conducted by the Senior Coroner for West Sussex, Penelope Schofield, included consideration of the scope and timing of the Inquests.

No final decisions were made and a further Pre-Inquest Review has been listed for the 13 January, 2021. 

The relatives and loved ones of all of those killed are represented in the Inquest proceedings by Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team.

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Clive Garner represented the families at the hearing. He said: “All of our clients remain devastated by the loss of their loved ones in the most terrible of circumstances and they continue to have significant concerns about how the events leading up to this tragedy unfolded.

“They have a shared determination to understand why it was that the Boeing 737 Max was permitted to fly despite the aircraft’s significant safety issues and especially after the Lion Air disaster.

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“Our clients are keen to support and assist the Coroner with her investigations.

“At the same time, we are continuing to discover more through the ongoing investigations within the Court proceedings in the US against Boeing and the proceedings of the House Committee of Transportation. This includes Boeing’s disclosure of tens of thousands of documents within the litigation process so far.

“We will continue to support the families through the inquest proceedings, while also progressing their civil claims in the US courts.”

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