Heartbroken wife pays tribute to pilot killed in horror Lake District crash

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A touching tribute has been paid to a family man 'with an appetite for life' who died in a plane crash.

David Bolton, 44, was flying his aircraft at Troutbeck in Cumbria when it crashed just before 3pm on Sunday, October 11.

David's wife Alison Bolton confirmed the death of her husband following his tragic incident, in a statement read out on Monday afternoon.

Alison Bolton wrote: "David Bolton, a father of two from Nottingham was tragically killed yesterday after an accident in his light aircraft at Troutbeck, Cumbria.

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"The chief revenue officer for tech firm Draper and Dash was a devoted husband, a fantastic father, a loving son and a loyal brother and friend with an appetite for life.

"He made a huge impact on everyone he met, whether in his work in healthcare around the world or his personal life and will be truly missed by so many.

"His family have asked for privacy at this difficult time."

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Emergency services including police responded following a report at about 2.50pm on Sunday, October 11, that a light aircraft had crashed north of Troutbeck, between Keswick and Penrith.

A Cumbria Constabulary spokesman said: "The single occupant of the aircraft, a man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

"There were no other casualties.

"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been contacted and a cordon put in place around the site."

The tragedy comes just a day after five people were killed in France after two tourist aircraft collided in mid-air on Saturday afternoon.

A ULM (ultralight two-person plane) crashed into a tourist plane at about 4:45pm local time in Loches, Indre-et-Loire.

Both occupants of the ULM and three passengers in the tourist plane were killed.

The fatal collision happened in the air over the entrance to the small city, on the Châteauroux side.

One aircraft crashed into a fence of a house, while the second landed several hundred metres away in an uninhabited area on the outskirts of Loches, according to local authorities.

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