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Tributes paid to Milton Keynes family killed in Canada

Investigations are continuing into a seaplane crash which killed a family of four from Milton Keynes while they were on holiday in Canada.

Fiona and Harry Hewitt Credit: ITV Anglia

Fiona Hewitt, 52, her husband Richard, 50, and children Harry, 14 and Felicity 17, died in the crash.

"The Hewitt family, from Milton Keynes, were visiting the area as part of a special holiday. Their families are devastated by the news of this tragic incident and are struggling to come to terms with the loss of the entire family."

– Family friend

Click below to hear from neighbours of the Hewitt family

The family were on the last day of their sightseeing trip to part of Quebec when the small aircraft they were travelling in crashed into the side of a mountain, killing all six on board.

The impact was so severe nobody could have survived, and pilot Romain Desrosiers and French passenger Emilie Delaitre also died.

The plane wreckage Credit: ITV Anglia

The coroner's office said it will carry out further investigations into the deaths in the next few weeks and its findings will be published in a report in the coming months.

The family had been staying in Tadoussac, a village popular with tourists around 12 miles from where their plane crashed

"This terrible incident has taken the lives of all on board, including four British nationals. My thoughts and sympathy are with their family and friends at this difficult time. Our High Commission in Ottawa is in close contact with the Canadian authorities and we are providing consular assistance to the relatives of those who were killed."

– Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
The plane involved in the crash Credit: ITV Anglia

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the loss of the Hewitt family in the air crash on Sunday 23 August in Quebec Province, Canada. Harry Hewitt was moving into Year 10 at Aylesbury Grammar School and Felicity Hewitt was due to start Year 13 at Aylesbury High School. Both school communities are devastated by this loss. Harry was a quiet, humble and unassuming young man who excelled academically. He was a talented squash player and made a hugely positive contribution to the life of the school. He was due to start his GCSE courses in September and had a very bright future ahead of him. Felicity was a happy member of the school community. She had just completed her first year in the Sixth Form at Aylesbury High School and had just gained an excellent set of AS results. Her contribution to the wider school was valued by all who knew her. She had an infectious smile and was well liked and respected by all who came into contact with her. Both will be missed by everyone within the two schools and the wider community.

– Aylesbury High School

The plane, operated by Air Saguenay, took off from Lac Long in Tadoussac on a routine sightseeing flight before crashing.

An Air Saguenay official said the flight was supposed to last 20 minutes and flying conditions at the time were "excellent".

The company Fiona Hewitt worked for has issued a statement paying tribute to the family:

Everyone at Alternatives are deeply saddened by the sudden, tragic loss of Fiona and her family in a plane crash in Canada. Fiona had been our Shiatsu practitioner for fifteen years since the very beginning of the Alternatives Clinic and she will be terribly missed by all who new her.

– Dr Peter Berkin, Alternatives

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