Thursday 23 November 2017

Plane crash woman 'just divorced'

The remains of a crashed plane in Nazca, Peru, in which four Britons died (AP)
The remains of a crashed plane in Nazca, Peru, in which four Britons died (AP)

One of the four British tourists killed in a light aircraft crash in Peru this weekend was travelling after getting a divorce, it has emerged.

Gayle Callow, 34, Andrew Brown, 30, Alastair Rowe and Warren Denham, in his 30s, were killed when their Cessna plane came down in a field near the centuries-old Nazca Lines markings.

NHS manager Mrs Callow's ex-husband Scott, from Tring in Herts, told the Daily Mail: "Gayle wanted to go travelling. Peru was somewhere she had always wanted to visit. We had been together for 12 years and were married for 10. She said she still loved me - it was just that she wanted to travel."

Fellow victim Mr Brown was said to have been her boss at NHS Berkshire.

The plane is thought to have suffered engine trouble and crashed after taking off from the local Maria Reiche airport at about 11.15pm British time on Saturday.

Local police said the aircraft hit the field as the pilot and co-pilot tried to make an emergency landing. Two Peruvian crew members also died in the crash.

The Nazca Lines, mysterious geoglyphs etched into the desert centuries ago by indigenous groups, are a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of Peru's main tourist destinations. About 240 miles south east of the capital Lima, the glyphs are only fully recognisable from the air and 30-minute overflights are popular with travellers.

A Foreign Office spokesman said the British Ambassador to Peru and another member of the consular staff had travelled to the scene of the crash from Lima. "Next of kin have been informed and we are providing consular assistance," he said

Several dozen planes in Nazca offer flights over the Lines, but there have been allegations of poor supervision of the aircraft.

In February, a Cessna 206 carrying three Chileans and four Peruvians over the lines crashed and killed everyone on board. Another crash in April 2008 killed five French tourists, though their pilot survived.

Press Association

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