posted on May, 19 2005 @ 09:46 AM
Here's the article- I have to apologize for misquoting his name, it's Dr Paul Norman, not Norton:
The pilot who died in a plane crash in Devon was a leading chemical and biological weapons expert at West research centre Porton Down, it emerged
last night. He was named as father-of-two Dr Paul Norman, the chief scientist for chemical and biological defence at the MoD facility in Wiltshire.
Three other passengers in the single-engine plane died in the crash on Sunday, and two parachutists were seriously injured.
Last night the death of Dr Norman, who had toured the world lecturing on how to defend against weapons of mass destruction, seemed certain to
re-ignite more conspiracy theories surrounding the "mystery" deaths of 22 microbiologists around the world since 2001.
According to the conspiracy theories, Dr Norman has joined a long list of the world's leading experts in biological and chemical weapons that
includes Dr David Kelly, who apparently committed suicide in Oxfordshire, sparking the Hutton inquiry.
But last night friends, colleagues and the family of Dr Norman, 52, were still coming to terms with their loss. A keen parachutist, he was piloting
the plane for the Devon and Somerset Parachute School.
Royal Marine Major Mike Wills later died in hospital, and a father and daughter in the plane died at the scene.
The Cessna 206's other two passengers, 16-year-old Daniel Greening, from Kingsteignton, Devon, and a 23-year-old from Taunton, Somerset, were still
in hospital last night.
Daniel's family paid tribute to Dr Norman, saying the "selfless actions" of others had meant their teenager had survived.
Dr Norman's family were too upset to speak last night, but tributes were led by Steve Eley, the chief scientist for hazard reduction at Porton
He said: "Paul was larger than life, and has left an enormous number of friends, all of whom have lost an irreplaceable part of their lives." Dr
Norman's hobbies included parachuting, flying and looking after his small collection of classic and vintage cars.
He studied in Liverpool, the US and Canada, and quickly became an expert in his field after starting work at Porton Down in 1986.
He was married with a 14-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter, and was one of Britain's leading experts in how societies can be defended against
The crash site was examined by officials from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, and the wreckage was removed from the site to the AAIB base at
Investigations into the cause of the crash are certain to be pored over by conspiracy theorists, who have linked the untimely deaths around the world
of more than 20 biological weapons scientists.
Last night no one from Porton Down was prepared to comment on the conspiracy theories, but sources close to the research establishment branded
attempts to include Dr Norman's death with them as "sick".
Source: Western Daily Press July 3, 2004.