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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 September 2006, 08:19 GMT 09:19 UK
Tributes paid to 'bright' airman
Flt Lt Leigh Mitchelmore
The plane came down 12 miles west of Kandahar in Afghanistan
Tributes have been made to a Dorset airman who was killed in a plane crash in southern Afghanistan.

Flt Lt Leigh Mitchelmore, 28, from Bournemouth, who served at RAF Kinloss, Moray, died when a Nimrod MR2 came down on Saturday.

The weapons systems officer was said by defence officials to have had a "very bright future" ahead of him.

A technical fault is thought to have caused the crash, which killed 14 servicemen. An inquiry is under way.

On Monday all non-essential flights, with the exception of search and rescue, were grounded for a day of mourning at the RAF Kinloss base in Scotland.

A spokesperson for the MOD said Flt Lt Mitchelmore had "a natural ability and personality that perfectly suited him to the Nimrod role."




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