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Athletes pay tribute to crash pilot

A signal from a mobile phone led emergency services in Florida to the site of a plane crash in which a British trainee pilot, who had represented Scotland in athletics, and her brother were killed.

Tributes have been paid to Carly Beattie, 21, who was flying in a Cessna 152 with her brother Daniel, 24, when it crashed on Thursday in a wooded area near Blue Cypress Lake.

Ms Beattie was in America as part of her degree course at a British university and her parents were visiting from Scotland when the tragedy happened.

The family are understood to be from Penicuik in Midlothian. Ms Beattie's coach at Edinburgh Athletic Club, Bill Walker, said: "This is devastating.

"She's trained with me since she started in athletics, since she was about 14 or 15. She was very popular. She was due to return to training with us next week. There's no doubt she had the potential to go a lot further. She always give 110%.

He added: "It had always been Carly's dream to be a pilot even when she was at school. She had an illness where her white blood cells were being eaten up, the cells you need for sprinting. But she wouldn't give in and would never complain."

Fellow sprinters who had run with Ms Beattie gathered for a training session at the Meadowbank stadium in Edinburgh.

Mr Walker said there were also plans to name a race and a cup after Ms Beattie in her memory. Ms Beattie was the Scottish Schools 100m champion in 2007 and also competed in the Celtic Cup in 2006.

Police in America said the crash site was located by tracing a mobile phone signal. It is understood Ms Beattie was the pilot of the plane, but investigators are attempting to establish whether she was at the controls when the plane crashed."

She was in the second year of her air transport with commercial pilot training course at Buckinghamshire New University, in High Wycombe.


From Belfast Telegraph