A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death in the case of a 51-year-old Rotary Club secretary from Moulton who died in a plane crash in Nepal.
Christopher Davey, aged 51, was one of 19 people who were killed after the aircraft crashed into the runway and burst into flames shortly after take-off from Kathmandu in September 2012.
An inquest in Warrington on Tuesday heard all the passengers would have been killed instantly after the plane crashed one minute 20 seconds after take-off.
Mr Davey had been among a group of seven British man who were setting off from Kathmandu for three weeks’ trekking in the shadow of Mount Everest.
Shortly after his death, tributes were paid to Mr Davey, who was described as a “very pleasant and quiet man” by Alan Sutton, the president of Nene Valley Rotary Club.
Mr Sutton said Mr Davey had been a member of the Rotary Club of Nene Valley for more than 10 years and had recently taken on the role of secretary.
He said: “Mr Davey took on the post in July 2012 and was doing an extremely efficient job. He has taken the lead in organising a technology tournament for children at Weston Favell Academy.
“He was a very pleasant but quiet man and worked very hard for a number of charities, not just for the Rotary Club. It is a shock for everyone as we only said goodbye to him last week. He will be sorely missed by everyone at the Rotary Club of Nene Valley.”
Brian May, who trekked up Mount Kilmanjaro with Mr Davey to raise money for charity in 2011, said he was a keen walker.
Mr May said: “He did a fair bit of trekking and he was a very nice guy. He was a very placid, harmless person.”
The other British victims of the plane crash were Raymond Eagle, aged 58, Vincent Kelly, 50, Darren Kelly, 45, Timothy Oakes, 57, Stephen Holding, 60, and Benjamin Ogden, 27.