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Tributes to Salford death crash pilot Ian Daglish

Ian Daglish
Image caption Ian Daglish was a passionate pilot said his family

The family of a 59-year-old man killed in a plane crash in Greater Manchester say he was an experienced pilot.

Father-of-two Ian Daglish, from Alderley Edge, died on Sunday after being injured in the crash with another man, aged 19, who is critically ill.

Their light aircraft plunged into two homes in Newlands Avenue, Peel Green, Salford on Friday.

The plane was on fire as it took off from Barton Aerodrome, the BBC understands.

'Family man'

The younger man received 60% burns in the crash.

A statement from Mr Daglish's family said: "Ian was, first and foremost, a family man - an extremely proud father of two teenage daughters, Hazel and Fiona, and devoted husband of Joy to whom he had been married for 26 years. He has one brother, Andrew.

"Ian and Joy moved to Alderley Edge in 1988 and have since established themselves firmly in the village. Ian was an active member of the community and was particularly interested in the history and conservation of the area.

"Ian was passionate and meticulous about all his interests especially his flying; he was an experienced pilot of many years."

His wife Joy added: "This is a shocking and sudden end to Ian's life and he will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the local community."

Major damage

A statement from Ravenair flying school, which owned the plane, said: "It is with deep regret that we have been advised of the tragic loss of life of one of the persons involved in Friday's aircraft accident.

"Our sincere condolences are with the immediate relatives, family and friends, as well as local residents and persons involved in this sad event.

"We are co-operating fully with the AAIB [Air Accidents Investigation Branch] investigation that is under way and we have no further comment to make at this stage."

The plane, a Piper PA38 Tomahawk single-engine light aircraft, hit two houses and caused major damage at about 12:20 BST on Friday.

Some residents are staying in hotels while the houses are stabilised.

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Media captionLocal resident Paul York describes the immediate aftermath of the crash

Residents described the crash as "like a bomb going off".

Eyewitness John Kavanagh, 56, said: "It felt like everything shook - the houses and cars - and then smoke rose up high into the sky. I thought it was a gas explosion."

Householder Colin Maher and his family were counting their blessings as they were left unharmed when the plane hit their home, which they moved into six months ago.

Mr Maher ran into his garden and saw the plane alight and saw burning aviation fuel around his feet.

"I heard a man shouting for help and just put a hosepipe on him," he said.

His family are being temporarily housed in a hotel as workmen decide how to secure their property.

"The upstairs is completely collapsed in on itself and the roof is hanging down over the sidewalls, they're just waiting for it to be pulled down," he said.

This is the last day that Liverpool-based Ravenair is operating from Barton, after it announced in May that spiralling costs had forced it to close its base at the aerodrome.

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