North West Wales

Caernarfon air crash: Tributes paid to Iain Nuttall

Iain Nuttall
Image caption Iain Nuttall, 37, was killed in the Caernarfon aircrash on Sunday

The wife of a man killed in a light aircraft crash in Gwynedd has said her husband was a "loving and devoted family man".

Iain Nuttall, 37, from Blackburn, Lancashire died when the Piper Cherokee plane piloted by his own father crashed at Caernarfon Airport on Sunday.

Mr Nuttall's five-year-old son and the pilot, 62, were also seriously injured and remain in hospital.

An air accident investigation into the incident is continuing.

All three members of the Nuttall family had been flying from Blackpool on a day trip to north Wales when the accident happened just before 11:30 BST on Sunday.

Witnesses say the single-engine four-seater plane appeared to have clipped trees before being flipped onto its roof several metres short of the runway at the airfield at Dinas Dinlle.

'Never be forgotten'

Michelle Nuttall said: "Iain was a wonderful and devoted father, who loved his son to pieces."

The couple had been married for 14 years.

Mrs Nuttall said her husband would "never be forgotten" by her or their son.

In a statement, his family also said they were "struggling to believe this has happened", and that he was a loving son, brother and uncle.

Mr Nuttall had served with the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment for about eight years, after joining at the age of 17.

Image caption The plane had been flying from Blackpool when it crashed at Caernarfon airport

He left the army shortly after getting married and worked in security and then as a lorry driver until his death.

"He had a passion for motorcycles, and enjoyed spending time out riding with friends and attending motorcycling events," added his wife.

The names of the two other people injured in the crash have not been released.

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