AS the British father and son killed in an air accident on Minorca last Saturday were named as Bruce Hook, 63 and Ian Hook, 26, tributes were paid yesterday to the ex RAF officer who owned a village garage in Lapworth in the West Midlands where his son also worked.
The pair had been taking part in the 2010 air race competition at the San Luis aerodrome near the Minorcan capital of Mahon. Their Beech Baron twin engine plane had just taken off when it crashed and exploded about 100 metres from the runway.
Tim Wassel, chairman of the Royal Aero Club and a close friend of Mr. Hook for 20 years, said that he was an experienced pilot who regularly flew with his son in races. The plane had apparently gone into a climbing turn and was only in the air briefly before crashing. Stephen Esslemont, 44 who rents the garage forecourt, described the pilot as kind, considerate, and helpful and said that he was well-liked by everyone in the community.