Retired navy pilot’s crash ‘may be suicide’

CRASH Andrew 'Stillwell-Cox
CRASH Andrew 'Stillwell-Cox

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POLICE investigating a plane crash which killed a retired Royal Navy officer and his dog have found documents which may point towards suicide, it has been confirmed.

Letters were found at the Cornish home of Andrew Stillwell-Cox and at the local flying club he belonged to, Devon and Cornwall Police said yesterday.

A force spokesman said: ‘The documents found have been passed to the coroner.’

The 55-year-old, who took up flying as a hobby after retiring from the navy in 2007, crashed soon after take-off near RAF Portreath on Saturday.

The married father-of-two joined the navy as a boy sailor in 1972 at the age of 15.

He rose through the ranks to retire as a naval commander and had links to Portsmouth, including duty with city-based HMS Glamorgan during the Falklands War and service with the destroyers HMS York and HMS Liverpool in the late 1980s.

After officer training in 1990, he took up his first appointment as a Staff Officer to Commander in Chief and the Second Sea Lord in Portsmouth Naval Base.

He later served as a logistics officer in Portsmouth aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and saw active service in Sierra Leone in 2000, before becoming Logistics Commander in HMS Fearless and serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan.