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First aid volunteer Rebecca Newton killed with dad David in air crash
TRIBUTES have today been paid to a Southampton woman killed in a light aircraft crash with her father.
Rebecca Newton, 23, was killed along with her dad David, 56, after the family’s private plane crashed in Wymeswold, Leicestershire.
It is believed her father was piloting the plane when he lost control just 300 yards away from a private landing strip.
Rebecca was living in Southampton after recently graduating from Brunel University.
She had been visiting her family on a summer holiday.
The keen skier worked as a volunteer for St John Ambulance for three years.
She is believed to have been in the passenger seat at the time of the crash, which was so severe the nose and tail of the plane broke off on impact.
The pair were pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the crash remains unclear, as officers continued to work with the Air Accident Investigation Branch, but it is believed Mr Newton’s son, Jack, was waiting for the pair.
Jack, 23, who is in the armed forces, watched in horror as the 1998 two-seater plane fell out of the sky and crashed into the ground.
Witnesses said he ran over to the wreckage screaming for help, before the emergency services arrived.
The crash happened at around 7.55pm on Wednesday last week.
Mr Newton, an experienced pilot, was also known as “Dangerous Dave” and had owned the Europa XS aircraft since 2009.
A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Police were called by the ambulance service at 7.55pm on Wednesday, August 21, to a report of a light aircraft that had come down in a field near Wymeswold.
“Formal identification of the deceased has not yet taken place and may not be done for some time.
“However, police believe those who died in the incident are a man in his 50s and a woman in her 20s, who are from the Nottinghamshire area.
“Officers are working in conjunction with the Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) to investigate the cause of the crash. It is believed the flight was taking off from the Wymeswold area.”
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