Isle of Whithorn man dies in Nepal plane crash

Darren kelly (in red) with his diving colleagues. Pic: NS Diving Club
Darren kelly (in red) with his diving colleagues. Pic: NS Diving Club

AN Isle of Whithorn man has been named as one of the seven Brits to perish in a plane crash in Nepal.

Darren Kelly, 45, director of Isle Futures, and six others perished in the horror crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu last night.

Darren, whose brother Vincent also died with him, was vice-chair of Newton Stewart sub-aqua club and moved the the area from Manchester several years ago.

He lived with his wife Jannine and both were heavily involved in the small community, which hit the headlines in 2000 following the death of seven local men in the Solway Harvester boat tragedy.

The Sita Air plane came down minutes after taking-off from Kathmandu for Lukla. The Britons’ next of kin have been contacted.

The Britons - who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday - have been identified by local travel company Sherpa Adventures as - Stephen Holding, 60, from Barlaston in Staffordshire; Raymond Eagle, 58, from Macclesfield in Cheshire; Timothy Oakes, 57, from Winwick, Cheshire; Christopher Davey, 51; Vincent Kelly, 50, and his brother Darren, 45, who were originally from Lostock, Bolton; Benjamin Ogden, 27, who lived in London.

Darren and Vincent Kelly were fundraisers for the Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

The British Ambassador to Nepal John Tucknott says his focus now is on helping the families of those who died

Darren is thought to have been a semi-retired property developer and businessman.

The cause of the crash has not yet been officially confirmed.

The general manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, said in a statement that the plane, a twin-propeller Dornier, had struck a vulture soon after take-off.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on a trade trip to Brazil, described the accident as a tragedy.

He said: “I know our Ambassador in Nepal is on the case and increasingly on the spot dealing with it.

“Obviously we’ll have to find out exactly what happened. But a deeply, deeply tragic case.”

The British ambassador to Nepal, John Tucknott, said: “The authorities in the UK are in touch with the families. If family members wish to come to Nepal, we stand by to offer them every assistance we possibly can at this very difficult time.”

AN Isle of Whithorn man has been named as one of the seven Brits to perish in a plane crash in Nepal.

Darren Kelly, 45, director of Isle Futures, and six others perished in the horror crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu last night.

Darren was vice-chair of Newton Stewart sub-aqua club and moved the the area from Manchester several years ago.

He lived with his wife Jannine and both were heavily involved in the small community, which hit the headlines in 2000 following the death of seven local men in the Solway Harvester boat tragedy.

AN Isle of Whithorn man has been named as one of the seven Brits to perish in a plane crash in Nepal.

Darren Kelly, 45, director of Isle Futures, and six others perished in the horror crash on the outskirts of Kathmandu last night.

Darren was vice-chair of Newton Stewart sub-aqua club and moved the the area from Manchester several years ago.

He lived with his wife Jannine and both were heavily involved in the small community, which hit the headlines in 2000 following the death of seven local men in the Solway Harvester boat tragedy.

The Sita Air plane came down minutes after taking-off from Kathmandu for Lukla. The Britons’ next of kin have been contacted.

The start of autumn marks the beginning of the Himalayan trekking season, which is popular with Western climbers.

Aviation officials said five Chinese nationals and seven Nepalis, of whom three were crew members, were on board.

The Britons - who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday - have been identified by local travel company Sherpa Adventures as;

Stephen Holding, 60, from Barlaston in Staffordshire; Raymond Eagle, 58, from Macclesfield in Cheshire; Timothy Oakes, 57, from Winwick, Cheshire; Christopher Davey, 51; Vincent Kelly, 50, and his brother Darren, 45, who were originally from Lostock, Bolton; Benjamin Ogden, 27, who lived in London.

Darren and Vincent Kelly were fundraisers for the Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

The British Ambassador to Nepal John Tucknott says his focus now is on helping the families of those who died

Darren is thought to have been a semi-retired property developer and businessman.

The cause of the crash has not yet been officially confirmed.

The general manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, said in a statement that the plane, a twin-propeller Dornier, had struck a vulture soon after take-off.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on a trade trip to Brazil, described the accident as a tragedy.

He said: “I know our Ambassador in Nepal is on the case and increasingly on the spot dealing with it.

“Obviously we’ll have to find out exactly what happened. But a deeply, deeply tragic case.”

The British ambassador to Nepal, John Tucknott, said: “The authorities in the UK are in touch with the families. If family members wish to come to Nepal, we stand by to offer them every assistance we possibly can at this very difficult time.”