Paul Morgan dies in plane crash

Paul Morgan, co-founder of Ilmor Engineering which builds the world championship-winning Mercedes V10 engine used by McLaren, has died in a plane crash

Paul Morgan dies in plane crash

Morgan died when the Hawker Sea Fury he was flying turned over on landing in Northamptonshire.

The 52-year-old was a keen historic aviation enthusiast and had a collection of aircraft that also included a P51 Mustang.

The McLaren team was stunned by the news as it prepared for the sixth round of the world championship in Austria on Saturday evening.

A statement from the team read: "All members of the team were deeply shocked to learn of the tragic death of Paul. Whilst the team are unaware of any of the specific details of the flying accident in which Paul lost his life, it is clear that everyone's first thoughts are with Paul's friends and family.

"Paul's friendship and contribution to our programme will be greatly missed by everybody in the team."

Morgan joined Cosworth straight from university where he worked on the Coswroth DFX engine which dominated Indy Racing in the United States, and also met Mario Illien, with whom he later founded Ilmor.

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