‘Much-loved’ pilot, 69, killed in horror plane crash was ‘pillar of his family’

The pilot killed in last month's Somerset air disaster was photographed for the first time – and named as 69-year-old Jonathan Mann.

A well-liked member of his community, family man and expert pilot, 'Joe' tragically died alongside passenger Margaret Costa near the village of Buckland St Mary.

Their small plane fell out of the sky around 10.30am on August 12.

Jonathan's family told The Mirror : “He was a great man and a talented pilot; the world feels a colder place without his warmth and good humour.

“Joe leaves behind wife Diane, four daughters, three grandsons and a baby granddaughter born in lockdown; all the family had been looking forward to making up for lost time together this year.

“In his lifetime he led campaigns securing fairer rights for blind and disabled workers, and was a great champion for the more vulnerable.

"He set a strong example in standing up for what he believed in and was a dearly loved pillar of the family.”

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is currently looking closely into how the fatal incident happened.

Costa, 74, was an acclaimed artist memorialised by her family yesterday as a "foundation stone".

Her family said: "She was a much-loved mum and a nanny to four grandchildren.

"She was the foundation stone of the family and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

"The world feels a less colourful place without her, but she blessed those she knew with many beautiful memories to remember her by."

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County coroner Tony Williams revealed post-mortem examinations show Costa and Mann, from Tipton St John, died from numerous injuries.

An inquest into the horrifying event will continue upon the findings of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

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