The Spalding microlight pilot killed in a mid-air collision over Bedfordshire on Tuesday was a funeral director nearing the end of his morning commute.
Stephen Spavins, (46), was killed when his Kitfox Microlight collided with a Cessna light aircraft on its way to an airfield in Northampton. The crash happened at 3,000ft and the two planes spiralled out of control while plummeting back to earth.
The Cessna’s pilot managed to regain control just 800ft from the ground before heading to Thurleigh airfield and making an emergency landing there.
It is understood that fragments of the Kitfox were stuck on the Cessna when it landed.
The microlight crashed to the ground at Tempsford, near to the Black Cat roundabout on the A1.
Mr Spavins, who worked at G & H Seamer Funeral Directors in Sandy, was unable to regain control and died at the scene.
The crash happened at about 8.30am and Mr Spavins’ body was removed from the accident site at 4pm. It is understood Mr Spavins commuted to work in his Kitfox from his home in Spalding.
Mr Spavins’ step-father, who answered the phone at the funeral directors on Tuesday night, said it was “too near and too raw” to speak.
A friend said: “He used to live in Sandy and he used it[the plane] to commute from Spalding.
“He moved a few years ago up to Spalding and bought a plot of land so he could fly from there to here.”
The crash is being investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.