Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cochrane Sues over Plane Crash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cochrane Sues over Plane Crash

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FORMER jockey Ray Cochrane has decided to sue Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin racing operation and the estate of the late Patrick Mackey, the pilot whose life he attempted to save, after they were involved in a plane crash at Newmarket two years ago, writes Colin Fleetwood Jones.

Cochrane and Frankie Dettori narrowly escaped death when their light aircraft crashed on takeoff from Newmarket racecourse on 1 June 2,000.

Cochrane, who is now Dettori's agent, has brought the action for personal injuries and loss of earnings.

The Derby-winning jockey alleges that by reason of his physical injuries, which included problems with his back and vision, he had to give up his profession as a jockey. Cochrane, 45, received a bravery medal for his action in pulling Dettori from the wreckage and then going back to try and save Mackey's life.

Cochrane's solicitor, Richard Brooks, explained the reason for the action.

He said: "There is a two-year limitation period to claim in relation to air crashes. …

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