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Family pay tribute to crash pilot

Steven Lewis
Air investigators have yet to establish why the crash happened

The family of a 38-year-old pilot who was killed when the helicopter he was in crashed in Lancashire said "from childhood his dream was to fly".

The aircraft sent a Mayday signal as it flew over Poulton-le-Fylde on Tuesday afternoon. The wreckage was found less than an hour later on marshland.

Steven Lewis and passenger Phillip Grey, 45, from nearby Mawdsley, died.

His family, from Rainhill, Merseyside, said Mr Lewis filled a room "with a warmth that touched everyone".

Air accident investigators have recovered the helicopter wreckage and are trying to establish why it plunged to the ground near the Wyre estuary.

The Mayday signal was received by Blackpool Airport's air traffic control, who alerted the emergency services.

Mr Lewis had been leading a training flight when the crash happened.

He leaves his partner, Shelley, his parents and brother Adrian.

A family statement said: "He was generous to a fault and wouldn't see anyone struggle if he could help, no matter what it took.

"He lavished his love and affection on us all.

"Steven would work as hard as he could to achieve whatever goals he set himself.

"And he loved to fly. He loved to laugh, to smile."

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