The family of tragic plane crash victims are “totally devastated”
The family of a couple who were killed in a plane crash, which has left their young son fighting for his life, have said they are “totally devastated.”
Lewis Tonkinson and his wife Sally, 44, from Alcester, Warks died after the light aircraft they were flying in crashed- leaving their son George fighting for his life in hospital.
Sally’s sister Jane Calvin, 60, from Wolverhampton, struggled to hold back tears today and she said: “We are totally devastated. The whole family is absolutely shocked and devastated- we don’t know what to do.”
The active couple, who spoke on social media about enjoyable ski trips to the Alps last year, became engaged in January 2013 and had just celebrated their first wedding anniversary.
Just days before the crash on Saturday afternoon, Lewis had celebrated his 50th birthday on New Year’s Day and wrote on his Facebook page: “Fingers crossed I am now officially middle aged.”
Tragically, the family’s light aircraft reportedly struck woodland due to bad weather on Saturday afternoon.
Aviation experts said the pilot of the plane, believed to have been Lewis, was attempting an emergency landing on a grass airstrip because conditions had become treacherous whilst they had been airborne.
Emergency crews raced to the scene when a walker raised the alarm after spotting the plane crash in Blackwood Forest near Basingstoke, Hampshire, close to the grass airstrip at Popham airfield.
Mr and Mrs Tonkinson were pronounced dead at the scene but the couple’s son, believed to be six-year-old George, survived the crash.
George was flown by air ambulance to the specialist neurological unit at Southampton General Hospital, where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries.