Dorset Pilot Accused Of Manslaughter

21 May 2014, 12:02

A Dorset pilot is to appear in court accused of manslaughter, three years after his passenger died in a crash.

Scott Hoyle, who's 47 and from Broadstone, is due before magistrates next Wednesday.

26-year-old former Royal Marine Orlando Rogers was killed when a vintage bi-plane came down in a field near Wimborne in May 2011.

Orlando was the passenger in the 1930’s Tiger Moth light aircraft.  It came down in a field near Witchampton, close to Wimborne. Orlando was airlifted soon after to Dorchester hospital but passed away with his mother by his side.

Orlando's family paid tribute to him at the time, saying:

"Serving as a Royal Marines Officer for 6 years, he deployed throughout the world including Operational tours in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Within a year of leaving the Royal Marines he had established a successful business in Maritime Security, employing many of his former comrades. 

"It is understated to say that he was immensely special to all who knew him. His unique charisma, positive outlook and enthusiasm for life touched and inspired all those around him. His death leaves an unfillable void for his family and many friends and colleagues. 

"His example on living life to the fullest will never dissipate; whether it was rowing the Atlantic, racing Zap Cats, sky diving or skiing. He died as he lived – in action. He was always cheerful, full of fun and the spirit of adventure."