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Nepal Crash Victims Were On 'Lifetime Trip'
Families and friends have paid tribute to seven Britons who were killed when a plane crashed in Nepal.
The British tourists were among 19 people killed when the twin-engine propeller Dornier plane crashed shortly after take-off at about 6.15am (local time) near the capital, Kathmandu.
Five Chinese people and three passengers and four crew members from the Himalayan country were also killed.
Reports suggest the accident was caused by a bird strike.
Local travel company Sherpa Adventures said the British victims were Raymond Eagle, 58, Christopher Davey, 51, Vincent Kelly, 50, Darren Kelly, 45, Timothy Oakes, 57, Stephen Holding, 60, and Benjamin Ogden, 27.
The Foreign Office said the families of the victims had been informed.
It is understood that Vincent and Darren Kelly, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, were brothers.
Darren, a property developer and businessman, was said to be semi-retired.
A friend, who asked not to be named, said: "Darren was just a really nice bloke. You would struggle to find anyone who could say anything bad about him. He was just a first class guy."
Vincent was a company director and "most prolific" supporter of Bolton Lads and Girls Club.
Friend Mark Brocklehurst, who is a member of the club's board, said: "It is a terrible tragedy that has seen us lose a wonderful powerhouse of a man, leaving us numb.
"There aren't enough words to describe just how wonderful Vincent was - a dedicated family man with a generous heart of gold who was a perfect role model for all."
Mr Oakes's wife Angie Gaunt said her husband was a keen mountaineer who always wanted to go to Everest base camp.
"He lived life to the full and died doing something he always wanted to do. It should never deter people from living out their dreams," she said from the family home in the Cheshire village of Winwick.
Ms Gaunt did not want the death of her husband, who worked in education, to deter others from taking adventure trips.
"Please don't paint a negative picture. I have lost my husband today and my daughter has lost her dad. People have got to live and enjoy what they want to do. That is exactly what Tim would want people to do."
Oxford University graduate Mr Ogden lived in London and worked for international law firm Allen and Overy, where he had recently qualified as an associate.
The firm said in a statement: "It was clear to everyone that he had an incredibly promising career ahead of him. Ben will be deeply missed by all who knew him."
Mr Ogden and Mr Holding were both members of the Bremex Mountaineering and Climbing Club.
In a statement posted on its website, the club said: "They will be missed by all the club."
Paying his own tribute to Mr Holding, club member Matt Morton described him as someone who always had time for others: "I would just say he was a gentle giant of a man."
Cheshire East Council said Mr Eagle, who lived in Macclesfield, had been a support worker for the disabled for the last 11 years.
Neighbour Pauline Girdwood said: "This was the sort of thing he did... He was a go-getter so in a way I'm not surprised that that is where he was."
Owned by private firm Sita Air, the plane had taken off for Lukla in the Mount Everest region when it plunged into the banks of the Manohara River near Tribhuvan Airport. The plane reported problems within two minutes of take-off.
Farnborough-based Explore Worldwide said the seven Britons had organised their trips through them. Their Nepalese tour guide was also on the flight.
Footage showed the front section of the plane was on fire when it hit the ground, and it appeared the pilot attempted to land the plane on open ground beside a river.
The fire quickly spread to the rear, but the tail was still in one piece at the crash site.
The Foreign Office has set up a helpline for concerned relatives on 020 7008 1500.