Iraq plane crash Briton is paid tribute

The town of Sulaimaniyah
Image caption The aircraft had just taken off from Sulaimaniyah in northern Iraq

Tributes have been paid to the British man killed in a plane crash in Iraq.

Abdullah Yusuf Lahoud was one of seven passengers who died when the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Sulaimaniyah in northern Iraq on Friday.

The plane caught fire and crashed after trying to land during a snowstorm. The crash has been blamed on a mechanical failure by authorities.

His employers said he was a "decent, intelligent and ambitious man".

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Iraq on 4 February 2011. We stand ready to provide consular assistance."

It is thought the light aircraft had been flying to the Turkish capital, Ankara, from Sulaimaniyah, a predominantly Kurdish city 160 miles north-east of Baghdad.

Mr Lahoud, who was in his 30s, worked for telecommunications company Asiacell and his next of kin have been informed.

An Asiacell statement said: "Abdullah was a young, decent, intelligent and ambitious man who had a bright future ahead of him."

The company also paid tribute to the other victims of the crash.

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