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Jerseyman killed in plane crash

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John Smith, who was originally from Jersey, has been named as one of the two men killed in a light aircraft crash in Overbury, Worcestershire last week.

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.

Mr Smith lived in Moreton-in-Marsh and was a senior instructor at Aeros Flight Training in Coventry.

He had had learnt to fly in Jersey whilst working for Jersey Electrcity before moving to Coventry to gain his commercial pilot and instructor's qualifications.

Eveline Hawkin, a member of Jersey's Aero Club, said Mr Smith would be greatly missed.

John was such a lovely person - warm, friendly and always there for anyone. He was also a true club member, very supportive as he was not only an active flying member but he and his wife Janet were often the life and soul of the club social events.

He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are very much with Janet, John’s Mum and their families at the moment. Of course, our thoughts also go to the young student and his family.

– Eveline Hawkin, Jersey Aero Club
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Aeros Flight Training has also paid tribute to Mr Smith's good humour and enthusiasm.

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.