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Tributes paid to flight instructor and student killed in light aircraft crash

The plane came down near the village of Overbury. Credit: ITV News Central

Tributes have been paid to two men who died in a light aircraft crash in Worcestershire.

The plane crashed in a field near the village of Overbury on Monday 9th January.

It was travelling from a flight school in Coventry towards Gloucestershire Airport.

Flight instructor John Smith, and his student, and a 24-year-old man from Kuwait, both died at the scene.

John Smith was a Credit: West Mercia Police

Aeros Flight Training has paid tribute to both men.

The company's Managing director described Mr Smith, who was 52, as a "high experienced" instructor who was "very popular with both his his colleagues and his students".

This accident has shocked and saddened everyone in the company. John Smith, the senior instructor at our Coventry business was highly experienced.

He was very popular with both his colleagues and his students - enthusiastic, a great communicator and always ready with one of his famous jokes.

The student onboard had been training towards qualification as a commercial pilot, intending to join an airline in the near future.

We send our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of both pilots.

The cause of this crash is unknown and is being investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Both families request that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

– Nick Dunn, Managing Director,