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Fly-past tribute to crash pilot

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A gun salute and a tornado fly-past marked the funeral of Wing Cdr Hylton Price.

An RAF Tornado jet flew over in tribute at the funeral of a retired RAF pilot, who died in a mid-air collision while taking an air cadet on a flight.

The widow of Wing Cdr Hylton Price, 63, said he had wanted youngsters to experience the "thrill" of flying.

He died in the crash with fellow instructor Andrew Marsh, 24 above sand dunes at Porthcawl, in Bridgend county.

Cousins Nikkita Marie Walters, 13, and Katie-Jo Davies, 14, who were on a half-hour flight experience, also died.

Speaking ahead of Thursday's service in Coychurch, Bridgend, later, Wing Cdr Price's wife Margaret said he had been keen to give his time to the air cadets.

"Hylton always wanted to fly from a very early age and becoming a RAF jet pilot fulfilled all his dreams," she said.
"His life was full and he enjoyed the various stages along the way. Hylton enjoyed playing rugby for station teams and winning his cap to represent the RAF in competitions.

"After rugby he indulged his love of other activities, including fly fishing, tennis, water-sports and walking in the beautiful countryside of Wales, or whichever country he was residing in.

"On his retirement from the RAF, Hylton returned to his homeland of Wales so that he could continue his love of flying, this time with the air cadets.

"He was always so eager to give his time to enable the cadets to gain the thrill of flight and to impart his knowledge and the love he always felt when he had the freedom of the skies."

Wing Cdr Price, who was part of the RAF's voluntary reserves, was in the first light aircraft, which took off from St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan at 1036 GMT on 11 February.

An inquest heard Flt Lt Marsh was from Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, took off a minute later.

An inquiry is under way to establish how the two aircraft collided near the M4 motorway. Both planes came down in the sand dunes at Kenfig Nature Reserve.

Nikkita and Katie-Jo, from Evanstown, near Gilfach Goch, were cadets of 1004 Air Training Corps squadron based at Pontypridd.

Mr Price's funeral took take place in Coychurch Crematorium, near Bridgend, with an RAF guard of honour as the cortege arrived.



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