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Tributes to balloon crash victim

The balloon crash site
Two hot-air balloons are reported to have collided

Tributes have been paid to a scientist from south London killed in a hot-air balloon crash in Turkey.

Dr Kevin Beurle, from Brixton, died in the mountainous Cappadocia region of the country during a sightseeing tour.

Dr Beurle, a computer programmer in the astronomy department at Queen Mary, University of London, played a key role in the Cassini mission to study Saturn.

Colleagues described him as a very popular staff member who was always available to offer friendly advice.

'Deepest condolences'

The university's acting principal Professor Philip Ogden said he was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the sudden death of Dr Beurle.

"Kevin was an extremely popular member of staff and will be greatly missed," he said.

"We extend our deepest condolences to Kevin's family and friends at this very difficult time."

The balloon Dr Beurle was in is said to have come down after colliding with another balloon on Friday morning.

Ten other holidaymakers, nine British and one French, were injured, some suffering broken bones.

Turkish authorities said that one tourist was critically hurt in the crash.



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