A distraught family are paying tribute to a Bolton holidaymaker who died in a plane crash in Nepal while travelling to the Himalayas last month.
Vincent Kelly, aged 50, was a devoted father to two children – Lauren and James – and lived in the Lostock area of Bolton.
His body was returned to relatives and his wife Jane issued a touching tribute before his funeral today.
She said: “Vincent was a very much loved family man. He was a loving husband to Jane and devoted father to Lauren and James.
“He was our inspiration, as well as our hero. We will remember him as always being so loving and so caring.”
“He was universally liked, admired and respected by everyone. We will never forget him and miss him more than words could possibly describe.
“Vincent will prove to be Heavens greatest asset, by being the brightest star in the night sky.”
Mr Kelly was on his way to begin a 16-day trekking expedition with his brother Darren, who also died in the crash.
After take-off, the pilot reported trouble with the plane, but attributed it to the plane hitting a bird – an explanation that has been dismissed by Suresh Acharya, a senior official at Nepal’s aviation ministry.
He told the Associated Foreign Press: “A plane crash does not occur simply just because its engine was hit by a bird.”
Rather, he believes the pilot made ‘a steep narrow turn instead of forming a wider radius required to bring the malfunctioning aircraft back to the runway’.
Nineteen died in the crash, including seven Britons.