December 17, 2019 4.08 pm This story is over 46 months old

Family pay tribute to pilot after fatal aircraft crash near Spilsby

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is leading an investigation

The family of a man who died in an aircraft crash near Spilsby have paid tribute to his devoted and loving character.

As previously reported, the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene after the small aircraft crashed at Mavis Enderby at 1.23pm on Sunday, December 15.

Police have since named the victim as 55-year-old Simon Barrett from the Boston area.

In a statement the family said: “There are no words to describe how heartbroken and devastated we are. Simon loved flying and flew his plane whenever the weather was looking fine and he had some spare time. A huge hole has been left in our lives.

“He had been flying for around 30 years.

“Simon was a family man, a devoted, supportive and loving husband to his wife and doting dad to his daughter. Simon worked in sales for Caravan Park Electrical Services for just over 14 years.

“As well as flying, Simon also enjoyed carrying out DIY in his family home.

“We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support at this very difficult time.”

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is now leading the investigation into the crash and are being supported by Lincolnshire Police.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw the fatal crash and anyone with information should contact them on 101 or via email at force.[email protected] quoting incident 210 of December 15.

It can also be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.