Nepal plane crash: Tributes to victim Raymond Eagle

Tributes have been paid to a Cheshire man who was one of seven British people killed in a plane crash in Nepal.

Raymond Eagle, 58, from Macclesfield, was among 19 people who died when their plane crashed after take-off from the capital Kathmandu.

Mr Eagle was employed by Cheshire East Council as a support worker for disabled people for the past 11 years.

His work enabled people with disabilities to live independently in their own homes, a spokeswoman said.

Mr Eagle, who was identified by travel company Sherpa Adventures, lived alone, according to neighbours.

Next door neighbour Christopher West, 68, said: "Ray was a nice, friendly guy. I don't think he mixed with the neighbours, he probably spoke to us more than anybody.

'Keen runner'

"He has lived there for about 10 years and we spoke when we saw him and that was about it. He would talk about his running and going on holiday.

He added: "Since he moved here he has always lived alone. He liked his sport, his running, and holidays. He's there one minute and the next minute he's off."

Fellow neighbour Pauline Girdwood added: "He was very active, running up and down the street in his little shorts.

"He was always running, every day he ran and kept himself fit. He was away a lot so I presumed he was retired.

"He was a go-getter so in a way I'm not surprised that that [the Himalayas] is where he was," she added.

"This news is just awful. On a trip like this, it's an awful thing."

The Sita Air plane came down minutes after take-off from Kathmandu. The Britons' next of kin have been contacted, said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Officials said the aircraft crashed into a river bank and caught fire.

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