An investigation has been launched following the death of a pilot in a plane crash near Troutbeck Airfield on Sunday.
Emergency services were called at about 2.50pm on Sunday after reports were received that a light aircraft had crashed near the airfield, between Penrith and Keswick.
That evening, police confirmed the pilot of the plane, who was the only occupant of the aircraft, had died as a result of the crash.
He has since been named as father-of-two David Bolton, aged 44, from Nottingham.
Michael Clusker, station manager for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We were mobilised and sent our assets down to the airfield where the incident was and assisted other agencies in making the scene safe.”
In total, two fire crews from Penrith and one crew from Keswick were sent to the scene. An air ambulance was also in attendance.
“We checked over the wreckage to make sure it was safe. Then it became a police scene and they handed it over to air traffic investigators,” said Mr Clusker.
Witnesses were said to have seen what happened and an investigation has been launched by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
“We have sent a team to the site of an accident involving a light aircraft near Troutbeck Airfield in Cumbria. An investigation has been launched,” said a spokesman.
n a tribute written by his wife, Alison, Mr Bolton, who was the chief revenue officer for tech firm Draper and Dash, was described as a “devoted husband, a fantastic father, a loving son and a loyal friend with an appetite for life.”
“He made a huge impact on everyone he met, whether in his work in healthcare around the world or his personal life and will be truly missed by so many,” the tribute said.
An inquest has not yet been opened as the case is still in the preliminary stages, said a spokesman for the coroner today.