Three people who died when a light aircraft crashed beside a railway line in Staffordshire were identified with the aid of jewellery found at the scene, an inquest has heard.
The hearing in Stafford was also told that the investigation into last Friday's crash in nearby Little Haywood may take more than a year to complete.
Pilot Alan Matthews, from Walsall, died along with his passengers Emma O'Brien, 29, and her 35-year-old husband Nick O'Brien, from Shirley, Solihull.
South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh, who adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed, was told that Mr O'Brien's car was found at the airfield where the Piper Cherokee aircraft was based.
Coroner's officer Howard Carter told the hearing that Mr Matthews' wife, Jennifer, had confirmed that her husband was flying on the day of the crash and had said he was meeting two friends to take them in his plane.
Rings known to belong to each of the victims were used to help establish their identities, Mr Carter added.
"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been brought in, the damaged aeroplane has been removed for further examination, and it will take a considerable while for them to complete their examination," the coroner's officer said.
Post-mortem examinations carried out by an aviation pathologist established that all three victims died from multiple injuries.
The O'Briens married last summer and had two young sons, aged 10 and 18 months.
Mr Matthews, 59, was a member of a flying club based at an airfield near Lichfield and was a work colleague of Mr O'Brien.