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Nepal plane crash victims died as result of 'accident'

19 people lost their lives in the crash, seven of them were from Britain Credit: ITV News

A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death in the case of man from Staffordshire, and another from Northamptonshire, who both died in a plane crash in Nepal.

LEFT: Stephen Holding, 60, from Stoke-on-Trent, RIGHT Christopher Davey, 51, from Northamptonshire Credit: ITV News Central

Stephen Holding, who was 60 and from Barlaston, was on the aircraft which slammed into the runway and burst into flames after take-off from Kathmandu in September 2012.

Also on board was 51-year-old Christopher Davey from Moulton in Northamptonshire.

The plane never climbed above 100 feet and spun out of the sky and hit the runway 1minute 20 seconds after take-off Credit: ITV News

They were among a party setting off from Kathmandu for three weeks trekking in the shadow of Mount Everest.

Air crash Investigators say all passengers would've died on impact. Today a coroner ruled the 19 passengers and crew on board died ''as the result of an accident.''


Tributes to Nepal crash victims

Tributes have been paid to a Staffordshire man killed in the Nepal plane crash.

Stephen Holding was a member of the Bremex Mountaineering and Climbing Club.

The club released a statement on their website paying tribute to him and fellow club member Tim Oakes, who also died in the crash.

Bremex is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Stephen Holding and Tim Oakes in the Kathmandu plane crash.

They will be missed by all the club. Our thoughts go out to their families and all their friends.

– Bremex Mountaineering and Climbing Club

Stephen Holding was 'a gentle giant of a man'

Tributes have poured in for the seven British men who died in a Nepal plane crash today.

Stephen Holding from Staffordshire was a member of Bremex Mountaineering and Climbing Club.

Club member Matt Morton described him as someone who always had time for others.

I would just say he was a gentle giant of a man. He was tall, quietly spoken and just a genuinely nice chap - he was always interested in what other people were doing and always happy to have a chat.

– Matt Morton


Friends pay tribute to Staffordshire man killed in Nepal plane crash

A retired teacher from Staffordshire has been killed in a plane crash while on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Himalayas.

Stephen Holding was one of seven Britons who died when the aircraft came down near Kathmandu in Nepal.

Mr Holding, who was 60 and a keen mountaineer, was about to begin a trekking holiday in the region around Mount Everest. Our correspondent Peter Bearne reports.

Nepal plane crash: wreckage and aftermath

A man from Staffordshire has died in a plane crash in Nepal.

Stephen Holding, who's from the village of Barlaston near Stoke-on-Trent, died when the aircraft crashed near the capital Kathmandu.

He was part of a group on a trekking holiday in the country.

This video shows fire crews tackling the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off.

For more on this story visit the ITV National News site.

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