Crash pilot David Jenkins 'among the very best men', family say

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Image caption David Jenkins' family said he would be 'sorely missed'

A pilot who died during an airshow launch was "among the very best men", his family has said.

David Jenkins died when his Edge 360 plane crashed at the Old Buckenham airfield in Norfolk last week.

Oxford-educated Mr Jenkins had twice held the British advanced aerobatics title.

His wife Elaine said it was "with great sadness we wish a husband, a father, a son, a brother and a friend fair winds and blue skies".

Mr Jenkins, from Stanton, Suffolk, was in his 50s and had been flying since he was a teenager.

'Pain and loss'

He was a member of the Wildcat Aerobatic Team, based at Old Buckenham Airfield, near Attleborough, where the event took place.

In a tribute, his family said: "To begin to explain our loss is something that cannot be achieved in so few words. David was, put simply, among the very best of men.

The said no words would do "justice to either David or our pain at losing him," adding they could "only console ourselves with the knowledge that he passed as he would have wished to, lost forever in the immeasurable beauty of the sky."

They also thanked the emergency services and asked for donations to be made to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, instead of floral tributes.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating the crash.

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