Saturday May 12th, 2001
Paul Morgan, co-founder of the Ilmor engines, was killed today when the vintage plane he was piloting crashed on landing, police said. Morgan died when his plane flipped as it landed at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) at Sywell Airport in Northamptonshire, around 80 miles (128 km) north of London. A police spokesman said Morgan had been flying alone.
Morgan was managing director of Ilmor Engineering, the company that builds and supplies McLaren's Mercedes Formula One racing engines. Ilmor is named after founders Mario Ilien and Morgan. The McLaren team expressed shock at Morgan's death. The company said in a statement he had died in a flying accident but was unaware of specific details.
Morgan was flying a World War Two propeller-driven South African Naval Fury plane, police said. The single-engine plane crashed on landing, flipping over onto its cockpit and trapping the pilot. "He was certified dead on the scene by a police surgeon," the spokesman said. The airport was temporarily closed. Officers from the Civil Aviation Authority will investigate the cause of the crash.
Morgan, of Brixworth, Northamptonshire, was in 52 years old.