Family receives five-figure payout after death of teenage air cadet son

The Ministry of Defence has awarded a five-figure settlement to the family of a boy who was killed in a plane accident while the boy was an air cadet with the RAF. Nicholas Rice was 15-years-old when he was killed in the accident, which occurred when the plane he and Flight Lieutenant Mike Blee flew in collided in mid-air with a glider. The pilot in the glider survived by parachuting to the ground but Nicholas died along with Flight Lieutenant Blee.

According to reports Flt Lt Blee suffered from a spinal condition called ankylosing spondylitis. A medical expert gave evidence at the time of the inquest into the accident in 2012, saying Flt Lt Blee’s spinal condition meant he could have experienced a broken spine if he was jolted in any way. Despite being passed as fit to fly, Nicholas Rice’s mother believes he should not have been allowed to pilot the plane that eventually crashed, killing both pilot and passenger.

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