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University pays tribute to student killed in crash
A UNIVERSITY today paid tribute to a ''promising'' and ''popular'' student who died in a light aircraft crash with her father.
Rebecca Newton, 21, who had been living in Southampton, and her father David Newton, 56, from Cropwell Bishop, Nottinghamshire, died after the light aircraft he co-owned crashed into a field near Wymeswold in Leicestershire last Wednesday.
Senior coroner for Rutland and North Leicestershire Trevor Kirkman today opened and adjourned inquests into their deaths, pending the outcome of post mortem tests results and an investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
The hearing at Loughborough Coroners' Court heard the pair had to be formally identified by their dental records.
Leicestershire Police were called to the scene of the crash by the ambulance service at 7.55pm on August 21. The pair were confirmed dead at the scene.
Paying tribute today, Dr Anthony Tsolaki, Miss Newton's tutor at Brunel University, said: ''Rebecca was bright, vivacious and passionate about her studies. Her career was full of promise and her passion for biological science was apparent in every aspect of her work. She aspired to a career in science and showed a great deal of potential.
''Rebecca had just completed her placement year and was due to return to Brunel to complete her final year. It would have been a privilege to see how she had developed during her time at her placement and also to see her through her final year to graduation, just as it was a privilege to teach her as a student for her first two years at Brunel.”
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