Crash pilot named as owner of high-end watch company

Police at the scene of a plane crash in Canons Ashby
Police at the scene of a plane crash in Canons Ashby

The pilot of a vintage aircraft that crashed into the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house is the owner of a high-end watch company with a string of celebrity clients.

Bremont Watch Company said its director Giles English did an “incredible job” of getting the aircraft down after it suffered an engine failure.

It also named his passenger as 11-year-old Oliver Nuttall, who sustained serious injuries in the accident near Canons Ashby House in the south of the county at 11.45am on Monday.

A statement from the company, which makes watches worn by Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom and Hugh Laurie, said: “We are sorry to say that yesterday morning Giles English and his young passenger, Oliver Nuttall, were involved in a vintage aircraft accident near to their home airfield in Northamptonshire, following an engine failure.

“They were only a mile away from landing and reports are that Giles did an incredible job at putting the aircraft down in some very difficult terrain.

“Both pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries but thankfully are both on the road to recovery.”

Oliver was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital while Mr English was treated for his injuries at the scene of the accident at the National Trust-run Canons Ashby House.

According to the Bremont company website, Mr English founded the company in 2002 with his brother Nick.

Its aviation-inspired watches were launched in 2007 after five years of development.

Their inspiration comes from a “joint lifetime love and passion for engineering and aviation”, the website says.

The brothers were taught to fly by their ex-RAF pilot father Euan English, who was a PHD student of aeronautical engineering at Cambridge.

He was killed on March 4, 1995, while training with son Nick for an airshow in their Second World War Harvard plane.

They got stuck in an inverted spin and the aircraft was involved in a “horrendous accident”.

Nick English broke more than 30 bones and his father was killed, the company’s website said.

After the accident the two brothers ran the family aviation business and set about forming the watch company.

Northamptonshire Police said Mr English was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry for treatment following the crash.

Neither he nor his young passenger were thought to have life-threatening injuries.