UK team to probe plane crash

Air accident investigators from the UK will today begin a probe to learn the cause of a plane crash in Nepal which cost the lives of 19 passengers, including seven Britons.

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Tributes paid to Nepal train crash victim Ben Ogden

27-year-old Ben Ogden Credit: Allen and Overy LLP

The father of Ben Ogden paid tribute to his "spirited" son killed in a plane crash in Nepal on Wednesday. Andrew Ogden told The Daily Telegraph:

"We are all absolutely devastated. He was very spirited and this is something that he wanted to do. We used to talk about the trip as his big adventure before knuckling down to some serious work.

He was very excited by the prospect of doing something that not many people had done. I have always been the most incredibly proud father."

Britons killed in Nepal plane crash named

The group of seven British trekkers who were killed in Nepal on Wednesday have been named. They were due to begin trekking the Himalayas yesterday.

  • Raymond Eagle, 58, from Macclesfield Cheshire
  • Timothy Oakes, 57 from Winwick, near Warrington
  • Vincent Kelly, 50, from Lostock, Bolton
  • Darren Kelly, 45, from Bolton but living in village of Isle, Whithorn
  • Christopher Davey, 51, from Northampton
  • Stephen Holding, 60, from Stoke-on-Trent
  • Benjamin Ogden, 27, from London

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


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.

Timothy Oakes, 57, died alongside Raymond Eagle, 58, Christopher Davey, 51, Vincent Kelly, 50, Darren Kelly, 45, Stephen Holding, 60, and Benjamin Ogden, 27.

Mr Holding 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.

Timothy Oakes' family talk about his death in Nepal

Angie Gaunt, wife of Timothy Oakes, who was one of seven British tourists killed in a plane crash in Nepal today, has described how she first heard news of the crash.

She told ITV Granada that she heard an early report on the radio and "instantly I knew there was a huge possibility they were talking about him.

Timothy's daughter, Joanne Oakes, said her father's motto in life was "just do it" and he always made her see the best in everything.


Nepal plane crash: Images of Timothy Oakes released

Mountaineer Timothy Oakes was one of seven British tourists killed in today's plane crash in Nepal.

Timothy Oakes was a keen mountaineer Credit: Family handout

Earlier today, his wife Angie Gaunt said:

"He was going because he always wanted to see Everest. It was the trip of a lifetime, he had always wanted to do it. If you love the mountains, it is the ultimate."

Timothy Oakes with his wife Angie at their daughter's graduation Credit: Family handout

Bolton Lads & Girls Club: Vincent Kelly was 'a powerhouse of a man'

Bolton Lads & Girls Club has said it is in a state of shock after the death of one of its most prolific and well respected supporters, Vincent Kelly, in the Nepal aircrash.

Kelly, 50, was a long standing supporter, having been a Club member in his youth.

Vincent Kelly (left) and Mark Brocklehurst (right) at the end of the JOGLE8 challenge in aid of Bolton Lads & Girls Club Credit: Bolton Lads & Girls Club

Mr Kelly’s friend of over 25 years, Mark Brocklehurst, who is also a member of Bolton Lads & Girls Club Board said:

"We are devastated to hear the news of the deaths of Vincent and his brother Darren. It is a terrible tragedy that has seen us lose a wonderful powerhouse of a man, leaving us numb.

"There aren’t enough words to describe just how wonderful Vincent was - a dedicated family man with a generous heart of gold who was a perfect role model for all.”

Nepal crash victim wanted to see Everest base camp

The wife of Timothy Oakes, a British mountaineer killed along with 18 others in a plane crash in Nepal, hopes his death doesn't "deter people" from taking adventurous trips.

"It should never deter people from living out their dreams. 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.

"He was going because he always wanted to see Everest. It was the trip of a lifetime, he had always wanted to do it. If you love the mountains, it is the ultimate.

"When you live, if you live your life to the full, you take risks. You can go to work in the morning and get run over by a car.

"People have got to live and enjoy what they want to do. That is exactly what Tim would want people to do."

– Angie Gaunt, wife of Timothy Oakes
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