Pilot in mid-air collision was commuting to work in microlight

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The microlight pilot killed in a mid-air collision was a funeral director near the end of his morning commute.

Stephen Spavins, 46, was killed when his Kitfox Microlight collided with a Cessna light aircraft on its way to an airfield in Northampton, which made an emergency landing at Thurleigh airfield, on Tuesday, September 23.

The crash happened at 3,000 ft and the two planes spiralled out of control plummeting back to earth.

The Cessna’s pilot managed to regain control just 800ft from the ground before heading to Thurleigh.

It is understood that fragments of the Kitfox were stuck on the Cessna when it landed.

Mr Spavins, who worked at G & H Seamer Funeral Directors in Sandy, was unable to regain control and died at the scene.

His body was removed from the crash site at 4pm yesterday afternoon.

It is understood Mr Spavins commuted to work in his Kitfox from his home in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Mr Spavins’ step-father, who answered the phone at the funeral directors last night, said it was “too near and too raw” to speak.

A friend said: “He used to live in Sandy and and he used it[the plane] to commute from Spalding.

“He moved a few years ago up to Spalding and bought a plot of land so he could fly from there to here.”