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Welshpool air crash: Tributes to Bob Jones and Steve Carr

Steve Carr [L] and Bob Jones
Image caption Steve Carr [L] and Bob Jones were both experienced pilots

Tributes have been paid by the families of two men who were killed in a plane crash in Powys.

Bob Jones, 60, Mid Wales Airport founder and manager, died alongside experienced pilot Steve Carr, 55, from Ruthin, Denbighshire.

The twin-engine aircraft they were in came down in a field on Long Mountain, near Welshpool, last Wednesday.

Mr Carr's family said he would be much missed, while Mr Jones' family said they were shocked and saddened.

Dyfed-Powys Police were called to the crash scene at about midday on Wednesday.

The alarm was raised by the airport after the twin-engine aircraft, a Piper PA31-325 Navajo, failed to return after a short flight.

An appeal has been made for photographs that were taken in the area just beforehand.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch began its examination of the wreckage, near the village of Leighton, last Thursday.

Mr Carr's family said: "Steve's family and friends are devastated by the news. He was loved, and will be missed, so much.

"Words are inadequate to describe his many qualities as a devoted and loving father, husband, brother and friend.

"Our world is immeasurably poorer for the loss.

"His family is in deep mourning, and would like to be left alone to grieve in peace."

Mr Jones, a farmer who was also an experienced pilot, built Mid Wales Airport on land near his farm.

Serving as a business airport and for general aviation, it was developed from a grass airstrip in 1990 to act as a base for companies operating aircraft in the area.

Wales Air Ambulance's mid Wales helicopter also flies out of the airport.

'Passionate pilot'

"Linda and family are shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of Bob Jones," said a family statement.

"Bob was a much loved husband, father and friend. He was a passionate pilot and was much respected in the mid Wales community and beyond.

"The family would now like to be left alone in peace to cope with their loss."

Det Ch Insp Greg Williams said on Friday investigations into the cause of the crash were continuing.

"What we're hoping for now is help from people who were in the area around Leighton on Wednesday morning," he said.

"If anyone was taking photos around this area between 11am and 11.30am we'd like to hear from you.

"Similarly we'd like to speak with anyone who may have heard the plane fly overhead around this time."

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