Godolphin Must Pay Damages For Fatal Plane Crash

Godolphin Racing was ordered to pay 300,000 pounds ($567,630) in damages for a plane crash in 2000 that resulted in the death of the pilot and injuries to jockeys Frankie Dettori and Ray Cochrane.

A High Court judge ruled Godolphin, which rented the plane from Oxford Aviation, must pay for the value of the plane as well as profits lost because of the plane's demise.

Pilot Patrick Mackey died when the plane hit the ground following takeoff from Newmarket's July Racecourse on June 1, 2000. According to the High Court writ, Mackey was to blame for the accident because of a wrong flap setting.

While the plane was in flames, Cochrane was able to pull Dettori from the burning wreckage. He has earned several bravery awards for the act. Cochrane last year reached an out-of-court settlement for damages.

The judge ruled Oxford Aviation prior to the flight had not agreed to cover Godolphin's liabilities on its insurance, the Cambridge News reports.

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