A Birmingham man died alongside his father when his aircraft exploded in mid-air over central France.
Andy Hayes, aged 39, died with 75-year-old Roger in the tragedy, near Limoges, at 12.45pm on Friday.
The pair had been heading to Rodez, in the south of France, when the Jabiru 450 twin-seat plane, owned by Andy, nosedived into a field near the village of Pierre-Buffiere.
Police found the remains of one victim at the crash scene at 1.30pm, before finding the second body at 6pm.
They were identified by bank cards they used when they refuelled that morning at Limoges.
Debris from the crash was scattered over a nearby motorway and railway line, and both were closed briefly while the areas were cleared.
Police spokesman Thierry Soulier said: “Some light aircraft are equipped with cartridges filled with an explosive to launch a parachute which helps the aircraft land more smoothly.
“In this case, we have not located the cartridge, and do not know if it was set off or not.”
Roger’s widow Margaret Hayes was yesterday being comforted at her home in Devon by her eldest son, Edward.
He said: “This is a very bad time with everything that has happened.”
Andy was a former member of Staffordshire Aero Club and flew from Otherton Airfield, near Stafford, until around six months ago.
Friend and club member Phil Perry said: “He was a tremendously nice guy and all of us at the club send our sincere condolences to his family.”