Canada plane crash ‘proves life is for living’

Flowers were placed outside the Hewitt family home in Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes
Flowers were placed outside the Hewitt family home in Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes

Loved ones of the family killed in a seaplane crash at the weekend have been offered support by Milton Keynes’ MPs.

Richard Hewitt, 50, Fiona Hewitt, 52, Felicity, 17, and Harry, 14, died instantly during a 20-minute sightseeing trip on the last day of their holiday in Canada.

Last night MK South MP Iain Stewart met with a foreign minister to discuss the tragedy.

He said: “I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the next of kin and the Hewitt’s wider family after this horrible, tragic incident.

“I understand that the bodies have been recovered and moved to Quebec city and then to Montreal, but it not yet known exactly when they will be repatriated.

“As far as I am aware the authorities are doing all they can to help, but I am more than happy to do anything else for the family if needed.”

The parents and two teenagers from Shenley Church End were travelling in a seaplane when it crashed in the Les Bergeronnes area of Quebec province, killing the pilot and another passenger.

Mr Stewart added: “It could be anyone of us just enjoying our holiday with loved ones.

“It proves that life is for the living because you just don’t know what is around the corner.”

Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said he would do all he could in the aftermath of Sunday’s incident.

He said: “It is both shocking and deeply saddening to hear of such tragic news and I know that the thoughts and heartfelt sympathy of everybody in Milton Keynes will be with the family and friends at this very difficult time.

“I am determined to do all I can to support if required.”