Tributes to pilot, 66, and exchange student, 16, killed in helicopter crash

The aircraft came crashing down shortly after midday yesterday (Picture: @bezberesford/Twitter/PA)

Tributes are being paid to a pilot and a teenage German exchange student who died as a helicopter crashed into a North Yorkshire field.

Police confirmed Ian Macdonald, 66, died in the crash near his home in the village of Burton in Lonsdale shortly before midday yesterday.

Also among the dead was 16-year-old student Admarsu Birhan, who locals said had been living with a nearby family for the last three months.

Craven district councillor Stuart Handley, who lives in Burton in Lonsdale, said Ian was well-liked in the village.

He said: ‘My condolences go to the family of Ian Macdonald and also the German exchange student’s family.

‘Ian hadn’t been living in the village for a very long time but he made himself very well known within the community. He was a very well-liked person within the village.’

The aircraft crashed just off Bentham Road near Burton in Lonsdale

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Source:: Metro


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