Tributes to cliff crash pilot Andrew Stillwell-Cox

Andrew Stillwell-Cox Andrew Stillwell-Cox was posted at RNAS Culdrose before retiring

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Tributes have been paid to a man who died in an aircraft crash in north Cornwall.

Retired sailor Andrew Stillwell-Cox, 55, died when his light aircraft struck cliffs near RAF Portreath at 16:10 BST on Saturday.

The retired lieutenant commander crashed minutes after leaving Perranporth Flying Club.

His family said he was highly thought of by friends in the Royal Navy and Spitfire Society.

Emergency services found the burning wreckage close a cliff edge at Sheep Rock, surrounded by small fires.

He was the only person on board.

Devon and Cornwall Police said that most of the aircraft had been removed by Monday morning.

'Society stalwart'

In their tribute, his family said: "His last posting was at RNAS Culdrose.

"He was highly respected and lived his life for the navy.

"On retirement, he qualified as a private pilot flying out of RAF Perranporth, where he was very highly thought of.

"Andrew was generous and greatly supportive of his friends and they will miss him enormously.

"He was the stalwart of the Spitfire Society, having organised this year's major events at Polesden House, near Dorking in Surrey, in celebration of the Spitfire and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee."

Staff at Roselyn Coaches in Par, where Mr Stillwell-Cox worked as a training and developer manager, were "very shocked" at the news, the company said.

Managing Director Jonathan Ede said: "He was very professional, enthusiastic and committed to his family.

"Our thoughts are ever so with his family.

"We're very shocked. It's awful news."

The crash is being investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

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