17th Oct, 2017

Families pay tribute to Rugby and Wolston men killed in air crash

Editorial Correspondent 13th Oct, 2017 Updated: 13th Oct, 2017

FAMILIES have spoken of their loss following the death of two men in a plane crash in Warwickshire.

Adrian Findlay, 55, from Rugby, and Robert Stephens, 56, from Wolston, passed away in hospital shortly after the crash near Wolvey on September 28.

The men suffered serious burns after their plane came down in a field. They were airlifted to the specialist burns unit at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital but both died the following day.

Adrian’s wife Alison said: “Adrian was well-respected and much loved by everyone he came into contact with.

“Our whole family and his many friends are in shock at such a sudden and tragic loss.

“We send our heartfelt thanks for all the support we are receiving at this difficult time.”

Robert’s wife Caroline added: “Robert was a very hardworking, caring family man and he lifted everyone’s spirit the moment he entered a room with his cheeky sense of humour.

“Robert loved a challenge and went out of his way to help others. He will be desperately missed by all his family and friends.”

Adrian’s funeral is taking place on Friday October 27 at 4pm at Rainsbrook Crematorium in Rugby, and Robert’s funeral will be held on Monday October 16 at 2pm at Stretton-on-Dunsmore church.

An investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch continues.

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