Essex air crash death: Tributes paid to 'wonderful father'
The family of a pilot who died in a light aircraft crash have paid tribute to a "wonderful husband, father and grandfather".
Stuart Penfold was pronounced dead at the scene at Waits Farm Airfield in Belchamp Walter, Essex on Sunday.
He was flying a Luton Minor when it crashed metres from the grass landing strip.
His family described Mr Penfold, 54, of Halstead, as a "passionate light aircraft flyer".
He was also "devoted" and "reliable" and "a keen member of Braintree Motorcycle Club", they added.
On Monday, the chief executive of the Light Aircraft Association, Steve Slater - who described himself as a close friend of Mr Penfold - said he helped him to buy his Luton Minor.
"This particular aircraft was almost rebuilt. He bought it after it had suffered an accident previously," he added.
"He practically rebuilt the entire fuselage. Like a Luton Minor I had, it had a converted VW Campervan engine. It was very simple and mechanical."
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating the crash.
Anyone who witnessed it or saw the aircraft shortly before is asked to contact Braintree Police Station.