The families of five people killed in a mid-air collision paid tribute to their loved-ones.
Harvey Antrobus, James Beagley, Sybille Gautrey and Sophie Hastings were carrying out an aerial survey on board a Cessna 402 when it collided with a home-built light aircraft in Brinklow, Warwickshire, on Sunday.
The pilot of the kit-built Rand KR-2, 70-year-old grandfather Brian Normington, of Blackdown, near Leamington Spa, was described by his family as “full of life and loved by all who knew him”.
In a statement released by Warwickshire Police, relatives said: “He was a much loved and adored husband, dad and granddad and will be greatly missed in our hearts and minds for ever.”
Mr Normington, who had 20 years piloting experience, was a long-standing member of the Coventry-based Armstrong Whitworth flying club.
He was described by a friend as a “highly regarded pilot” with hundreds of hours flying experience.
Mother-of-one Sybille Gautrey, 33, from Towcester, Northamptonshire, was described as “a kind, generous and loving mum, daughter, wife and friend.” The surveyor, who leaves behind a daughter, grew up in East Germany, attending the University of Berlin, before moving to the UK in 1997.
Her family said in a statement: “She made the most of the opportunities presented to her, and tried to do whatever she was asked and more to the best of her abilities, seeing things through to the end.
“Flying was her passion as well as her chosen career. She understood aviation, what it entailed and the professionalism and dedication that it required.”
Mr Beagley’s dream was to become a pilot, his family said.
The 34-year-old gained his private pilot’s licence at the age of 21, and went on to fulfil his ambition of becoming a commercial pilot.