Nepal plane crash: Wife's tribute to Stephen Holding
The wife of a man from Staffordshire who was one of seven British people killed in a plane crash in Nepal has paid tribute to him.
Stephen Holding, 60, from Barlaston, was among 19 people who died when their plane crashed after take-off from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
Mr Holding was a retired teacher and a member of Bremex Mountaineering Club.
In a statement from Staffordshire Police, Mr Holding's wife Maggie said he always loved being in the mountains.
"He did a lot of work with peak pursuits taking youngsters on Duke of Edinburgh activities," Mrs Holding said.
The Sita Air plane came down minutes after take-off from Kathmandu on Friday.
Officials said the aircraft crashed into a river bank and caught fire.
The Reverend Jane Tillier told BBC Radio Stoke Mr Holding will be remembered during three services taking place at John the Baptist Church, Barlaston, on Sunday.
Friend Matt Morton, who said he had known Mr Holding for more than 10 years, described him as "one of the nicest guys you could ever meet" and "a gentle giant".