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Nepal plane crash: Seven Britons killed

  • 9-28-2012

Seven Britons were among 19 people killed when a plane heading for the Everest region crashed in Nepal's capital, the Foreign Office has said.

The Sita Air plane came down minutes after taking-off from Kathmandu for Lukla. The Britons' next of kin have been contacted, the FO says.

Officials said the aircraft crashed into a river bank and caught fire.

The start of autumn marks the beginning of the Himalayan trekking season, which is popular with Western climbers.

Aviation officials said five Chinese nationals and seven Nepalis, of whom three were crew members, were on board.

The Britons - who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday - have been identified by local travel company Sherpa Adventures as;

  • Stephen Holding, 60, from Barlaston in Staffordshire;
  • Raymond Eagle, 58, from Macclesfield in Cheshire;
  • Timothy Oakes, 57, from Winwick, Cheshire;
  • Christopher Davey, 51;
  • Vincent Kelly, 50, and his brother Darren, 45, who were originally from Lostock, Bolton;
  • Benjamin Ogden, 27, who lived in London.

Darren and Vincent Kelly are reported to have been fundraisers for the Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

Darren is thought to have been a semi-retired property developer and businessman who recently moved to Isle of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway.

Family members gathered at the Lostock home of Vincent Kelly told reporters they did not wish to comment, saying "It's too early to talk right now".

Angie Gaunt, the wife of victim Timothy Oakes, told the Press Association he was "on a trip of a lifetime with an old school friend".

Ms Gaunt said her husband worked in education and "died doing something he always wanted to do".

"He was a mountaineer and he always wanted to go to Everest base camp, not climb it, to go to the base camp, and that's what he was doing," she added.

Another of the passengers, Raymond Eagle, was 58 and had worked as a support worker at Cheshire East Council.

A council spokesman said he "enabled people with disabilities to live independently in their own homes".

One of his neighbours, Christopher West, told reporters Mr Eagle was a keen runner who "liked his sport, his running, and holidays. He's there one minute and the next minute he's off. He was a nice guy."

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