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Schoolboy orphaned in plane crash is now on the mend

By Ben Mitchell and Richard Vernalls

A six-year-old boy who survived a plane crash which killed his parents is conscious and making a recovery, according to his school.

George Tonkinson is being treated at Southampton General Hospital for the injuries he suffered when the light aircraft he was travelling in came down near Popham airfield in Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.

Lewis Tonkinson (50) and Sally Tonkinson (44), from Alcester in Warwickshire, were travelling from the Isle of Wight with their son and were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Jim Turner, the headteacher at King's Hawford Junior school in Worcester, said George was a "lovely boy" who will "need the support of those close to him" following the tragic accident.

He said: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the accident which resulted in George Tonkinson suffering serious injuries and the deaths of his parents.

"We heard today that George is conscious and making a recovery from this horrific incident. We will be holding a special assembly in which we will all be praying for George and his family."

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