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Narrative Verdict given in Puma Afghan Helicopter Inquest


Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by  Keith Barrett, Partner at Fieldfisher London, to represent the family of Gordon Emin at the Inquest in relation to the Puma Helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan on 11th October 2015.

Mr Emin was a civilian contractor working in Afghanistan. On 11th October 2015 he was a passenger in an RAF Puma helicopter piloted by Flt Lt. Scott and Squadron Leader Williams.  The helicopter had to overshoot its planned landing at a Soccerfield landing site as football was being played. In so doing  the helicopter tragically struck the cable of a PSTD intelligence balloon. The cable split and wrapped around the tail of the helicopter causing the tail rota drive shaft to fail. Control of the Puma was lost and it crashed killing 5 people including 2 crew members, 2 US servicemen and Mr Emin.  HM Coroner for Oxford gave a Narrative Verdict accepting that Article 2 ECHR was engaged and raised a number of concerns to be set out in a Regulation 28 Report concerning  Risk Assessment in relation to the use of the Soccerfield Landing Site and the dissemination of knowledge concerning a number of near misses.

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