A RETIRED teacher from Barlaston was among those who died in the plane crash in Nepal capital Kathmandu on Friday.
Stephen Holding, 60, was one of 19 people killed when the plane, belonging to domestic Nepalese airline, Sita Air, crashed just minutes after taking off from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.
Mr Holding, a member of Bremex Mountaineering Club, along with his friend Tim Oakes, who also died in the incident, was due to begin a Himalayan trek on the day of the accident.
A statement of Bremex Mountaineering Club’s website said: “Bremex is deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Stephen Holding and Tim Oakes in the Kathmandu plane crash earlier today.
“They will be missed by all the club.
“Our thoughts go out to their families and all their friends.”
Early reports suggested a bird strike might have caused the crash, but officials later announced it may have been caused by pilot error and UK air accident investigators have headed to Nepal to investigate further.