Farage pilot found dead at home in Eastbourne

Nigel Farage in happier times before the helicopter crash
Nigel Farage in happier times before the helicopter crash

A pilot who threatened to kill UKIP leader Nigel Farage following a plane crash has been found dead at his home in Eastbourne.

Sussex Police has confirmed Justin Adams, 48, was found dead at his home in Rotunda Road last month and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, said, “This is a horribly tragic end and I’m desperately sorry for what happened.”

Adams was convicted at Oxford Crown Court in June 2011, of making five threats relating to Mr Farage and crash investigator Martin James after the accident in May 2010.

The crash in Northamptonshire, on the day of the general election, left both self-employed pilot Adams and Mr Farage in hospital.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch report found the plane crashed when a campaign banner it was towing became entangled, causing the plane’s nose to drop.

A trial heard Adams, who then lived in Oxfordshire, made the threats after becoming angry because his insurers refused to pay out until an investigation into the crash had been completed, resulting in him losing work.

Jurors heard a recording of a phone call by Adams, in which he said he was going to kill somebody and had a pistol.

The judge said he had suffered from “a depressive order of moderate severity” which had been triggered by the crash, and he had also been drinking.

Adams was given a two-year supervised community order.