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Body of air crash victim is brought back home

By Clare Weir

Published 21/09/2007

The body of the young Londonderry man killed in the Thai air disaster is being flown back to his home city today.

The remains of 22-year-old Aaron Toland will arrive in Dublin from Thailand, escorted by his father Myles and brother Conan, and will then be brought to his home city of Derry.

His funeral will take place from St Columba's Church, Long Tower, on Monday at 10am.

The family of his best friend Chris Cooley - who was sitting in the seat next to Aaron, but survived - are still in Phuket, Thailand, as the electrician continues to recover from his injuries.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney accompanied both sets of relatives to Thailand.

Aaron and Chris were on the trip of a lifetime to work in Australia for a year following Aaron's graduation from the University of Ulster.

The body will arrive at the family home at Drumard Park to be received by his grieving mother Annmarie and his brothers, including identical twin, Emmett.

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