Page last updated at 17:45 GMT, Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Services for pilot and air cadet

Flight Lieutenant Andy Marsh and Nikkita Walters
Flt Lt Marsh and Nikkita Walters were two of four killed in the air collision

Separate funeral services for an RAF pilot and one of two teenagers who died in a mid-air collision have been held.

Flight Lieutenant Andy Marsh, 24, and Nikkita Marie Walters, 13, died in the crash at Porthcawl, in Bridgend county.

An RAF Harrier jet took part in a fly past after Flt Lt Marsh's burial service at Penarth Cemetery, Vale of Glamorgan.

Tonyrefail Comprehensive pupils formed a line of honour for Nikkita at St David's Church, Tonyrefail.

The RAF later staged a fly-past of one of its tutor craft above Coychurch Crematorium near Bridgend as the cortege arrived.

Following her funeral, Nikkita's family released a statement paying tribute to her.

Nikkita Marie Walters
She had great hopes for life and she thoroughly enjoyed her life in the air cadets
Nikkita Marie Walters' family

"Nikkita was our pride and joy, she loved going to school and she was the focal point in our family life," they said.

"She had great hopes for life and she thoroughly enjoyed her life in the air cadets, she was also a popular girl at school and in the community and she will be deeply missed.

"This is a time for us of profound grief and we are still trying to understand the loss we have suffered, we would thank all our family friends and everybody in the community who come to our support we would now kindly ask that we are allowed to spend time alone without press and media intrusion."

Nikkita and Flt Lt Marsh were killed in the crash last month in which Nikkita's cousin, Katie-Jo Davies, 14, and another pilot, Wing Cdr Hylton Price, 63, also died.

Flight experience

The teenagers, from Gilfach Goch in the Rhondda, were cadets of 1004 Air Training Corps squadron based at Pontypridd.

They were on a half-hour flight experience, and were passengers in planes that had taken off one minute apart.

Katie-Jo was on her first flight after joining the Air Training Corps just before Christmas.

An inquiry is under way to establish how the twin-seater propeller Grob Tutor aircraft, which flew from RAF St Athan near Porthcawl collided and landed on sand dunes on 11 February.

Friends of family of Flt Lt Marsh gathered at St Josephs Catholic Church in Penarth for his funeral service on Tuesday morning.

The Cardiff university law graduate, who had been waiting to start advanced fast jet training at RAF Valley, was a keen sportsman.

He went by the nickname FOAM, an abbreviation of his former rank, flying officer, and the initials of his name.

At the service for Nikkita in Tonyrefail, pall bearers from the RAF carried her coffin into St David's Church.

After the service, Year 9 pupils from her school formed a line of honour for her cortege before it travelled to Coychurch Crematorium.



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