Family pay tribute to crash pilot
The family of an experienced pilot who died after his plane crashed on Friday have described him as "passionate" about his interests.
Ian Daglish, 59, from Alderley Edge, Cheshire, suffered extensive burns after his light aircraft plummeted to the ground between two semi-detached houses shortly after take-off and burst into flames.
He was taken to hospital for treatment but died on Sunday morning. A 19-year-old man, who was a passenger in the plane, remains in a critical condition after suffering 60% burns.
Mr Daglish was a military historian and wrote a series of books about Second World War battles, such as Goodwood: The British Offensive In Normandy, July 1944. He described himself on his website as a "battlefield mythbuster".
The single-engine Piper PA38 Tomahawk aircraft left City Airport Manchester at 12.20pm on Friday afternoon, flying only a short distance before coming down and hitting the two homes in Newlands Avenue in Eccles, Salford.
Extensive structural damage was caused to one of the properties, but no-one apart from the occupants of the aircraft, operated by Ravenair Flying School, was injured.
In a statement, Mr Daglish's family said: "Ian was, first and foremost, a family man - an extremely proud father of two teenage daughters, Hazel and Fiona, and devoted husband of Joy to whom he had been married for 26 years. He has one brother, Andrew.
"Ian and Joy moved to Alderley Edge in 1988 and have since established themselves firmly in the village. Ian was an active member of the community and was particularly interested in the history and conservation of the area. Ian was passionate and meticulous about all his interests especially his flying; he was an experienced pilot of many years."
Mrs Daglish added: "This is a shocking and sudden end to Ian's life and he will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the local community."
A statement on the flying school's website said: "It is with deep regret that we have been advised of the tragic loss of life of one of the persons involved in Friday's aircraft accident. Our sincere condolences are with the immediate relatives, family and friends as well as local residents and persons involved in this sad event. We are co-operating fully with the AAIB investigation that is under way and we have no further comment to make at this stage."