Sep 29 2012
Tributes have been paid to seven Britons who died after a plane burst into flames and crashed in Nepal, killing all 19 on board.
The twin-engine propeller Dornier plane crashed in a field shortly after taking off from the capital Kathmandu on Friday morning.
Five Chinese people, three Nepalese passengers and four crew members were also killed, with reports suggesting the accident was caused by a bird strike.
The British group, who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday and were due to begin trekking in the Himalayas yesterday, were travelling with Hampshire-based travel company Explore Worldwide.
They were named as Raymond Eagle, 58, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, Timothy Oakes, 57, from Winwick, near Warrington, Vincent Kelly, 50, from Lostock, Bolton, and his brother Darren, 45, who moved from Bolton to the village of Isle of Whithorn in southern Galloway a few years ago.
Christopher Davey, 51, from Northampton, Stephen Holding, 60, from Stoke-on-Trent, and lawyer Benjamin Ogden, 27, from London also perished.
Angie Gaunt, the wife of Mr Oakes, a keen mountaineer, said the disaster should not deter other people from going on similar expeditions.
Mrs Gaunt said: "He lived life to the full and died doing something he always wanted to do. It should never deter people from living out their dreams. It was the trip of a lifetime, he had always wanted to do it."
Mr Oakes and Mr Holding were both members of the Bremex Mountaineering and Climbing Club. Club member Matt Morton described Mr Holding as someone who always had time for others, he said: "I would just say he was a gentle giant of a man."
Mr Ogden, a graduate of Oxford University, lived in London and worked for international law firm Allen & Overy, where he had recently qualified as an associate. The firm said in a statement: "It was clear to everyone that he had an incredibly promising career ahead of him. Ben will be deeply missed by all who knew him."