Wife pays tribute to pilot David Jenkins who died in crash at Old Buckenham Airfield

Pilot David Jenkins, of Stanton, who died last week, ANL-140828-173706001

Pilot David Jenkins, of Stanton, who died last week, ANL-140828-173706001

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The family of an experienced pilot who was killed at Old Buckenham Airfield last week have hailed him as ‘the very best of men’.

David Jenkins, 61, of Stanton, died after an aerobatics accident on Wednesday, April 22.

His wife Elaine Jenkins said: “David was, put simply, amongst the very best of men.

“Whether it be in his family, professional or aerobatic life, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We can only console ourselves with the knowledge that he passed as he would have wished to, lost forever in the immeasurable beauty of the sky.

“As words can do no justice to either David or our pain at losing him, we would instead like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have helped us at this time.

“The police, fire and ambulance services; the Air Accident Investigation Branch; the Wildcat Team and the staff at Old Buckenham airfield have our thanks and appreciation. So too do the many people who have expressed their condolences and sent their best wishes. The huge volume of support has made it clear just how many peoples’ lives David has affected.

“It is with great sadness that we wish a husband, a father, a son, a brother and a friend fair winds and blue skies.”

The family has asked that donations be made to the East Anglian Air Ambulance instead of floral tributes.