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UK investigators to assist Nepal authorities into crash probe

Air accident investigators from the UK are heading to Nepal to investigate the plane crash which killed seven Britons yesterday.

45-year-old Darren Kelly from the village of Isle of Whithorn in southern Galloway died alongside his brother Vincent Kelly in the crash.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said today it was sending two staff to Kathmandu to assist local authorities probing the disaster, which killed all 19 people on the aircraft shortly after take-off from the capital city's airport.

The British group, who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday, were due to begin trekking in the Himalayas yesterday.

Five Chinese people, three Nepalese passengers and four crew members were also killed, with reports suggesting the accident was caused by a bird strike.

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Mountaineer Alan Hinkes responds to Nepal plane crash

After hearing of the plane crash in Nepal which killed all 19 people on board including seven Britons, the mountaineer Alan Hinkes MBE explained to ITV Border that he has taken the same flight many times.

The crash also claimed the life of Darren Kelly who was a prominent businessman in the small Dumfries and Galloway village of Isle of Whithorn.

Tributes to 'dynamic and enthusiastic' friend

Darren Kelly Credit: Newton Stewart diving club

A prominent businessman from the small Dumfries and Galloway village of the Ilse of Whithorn is one of the seven Britons who have perished in a plane crash in Nepal.Locals say he was very active in the community and well known in the village.

He was a member of the Newton Stewart Diving Club.

The clubs treasurer, Chris Harrison, knew Mr Kelly well. He paid tribute to him saying:

"He'll be a great loss to the club but mostly to his wife and family. He was a dynamic and enthusiastic person."

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