Death of man after mid-air paramotor collision to be probed by FAI

The Crown is investigating the death of Dan Burton, 54, after an accident near Loch na Gainmhich in the Highlands.

A Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held into the death of a man after a mid-air paramotor collision in the Highlands.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has lodged a First Notice to begin the court process to investigate the circumstances of Dan Burton’s death.

Mr Burton, 54, died on September 18 2021 after a mid-air paramotor collision near Loch na Gainmhich.

A preliminary hearing is set for February 26 2024 at Tain Sheriff Court.

The purpose of a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) includes determining the cause of death; the circumstances in which the deaths occurred, and to establish what, if any, reasonable precautions could have been taken, and could be implemented in the future, to minimise the risk of future deaths in similar circumstances.     

Unlike criminal proceedings, FAIs are inquisitorial in nature, and are used to establish facts rather than to apportion blame.      

It is anticipated that the Inquiry will consider any precautions which could reasonably have been taken and which might realistically have resulted in the death having been avoided and any defects in any system of working which contributed to the death or any accident resulting in the death.

Procurator Fiscal Andy Shanks, who leads on death investigations for COPFS, said: ”The death of Dan Burton occurred while in the course of his employment and as such a Fatal Accident Inquiry is mandatory.   

“The lodging of the First Notice enables FAI proceedings to commence under the direction of the Sheriff.  

“Mr Burton’s family will continue to be kept informed of significant developments as court proceedings progress.”

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