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Brit pilot killed when car plunged 246ft down ravine with wife and two relatives

A British pilot who died along with three family members in a horror car plunge has been named, as pictures emerge of the tragic four.

Richard Addicott, a relief captain for airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, was killed in Gran Canaria when the car he was in with wife Rita Garcia Bolaños, her dad Ivan Garcia Buelna and one of the father’s daughters, Marta Garcia Bolaños, plunged 246 feet down a precipice.

Richard who was on holiday from London visiting his wife’s father.

He was a pilot for Norwegian Air Shuttle and lived in London with his wife, but made frequent trips to the Canary Islands to visit Rita’s father and grandmother, according to reports.

A spokesperson for Norwegian Air Shuttle told the Mirror: “Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Relief Captain Richard Addicott during this sad time.”

While a Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Gran Canaria, and are in contact with the Spanish authorities.”

Richard’s colleagues have been paying tribute.

A former colleague, Kye Lopez told the Mirror: “I worked alongside Richard as a cabin crew for many years.

“It’s so incredibly sad to hear of his passing as he was a major friend, and even a bigger inspiration to become a pilot to me.

“He was always teaching me something about flying and showing me how to do things in the cockpit.

“The moment he knew I was interested in going to aviation school I think he made it a mission to teach me at least five things every time we flew together.

“We spent many nights drinking in Dublin messing about.

“I am so sad it’s been a while since we have seen each other or even Whatsapped each other.

“All I can say is that I’m so incredibly sad about his passing, and I hope the best for his poor family,

“God bless them.

“I hope he knew how much of an inspiration he was to me.”

Former colleagues at Ryanair also paid tribute as they broke the news to others on Facebook.

One wrote that Richard was “one of the nicest person I’ve ever met. It’s unbelievable.”

Another said “a very great person passed away.”

The fatal accident took place in bad weather on a stretch of motorway in Galdar, Las Palmas in the Spanish Canary Islands.

It is believed it took place between 9pm and 10pm Tuesday, but the wreckage was not discovered until 3.45pm the next day, when a passing motorway worker noticed roadside barriers had been damaged and spotted the car.

Emergency workers went to the car to check for anyone trapped and found all four had died.

Authorities believe the accident occurred 18 hours beforehand.

The four were driving back to Las Palmas where they lived having visited Rita’s grandmother in Artenara on Tuesday.

Local paper La Nueva Espana said the car is believed to have crashed just 10 minutes into their 90-minute journey, driving in fog and rain.

The vehicle smashed into crash barriers on a sharp right-hand turn and plunged off the cliff on the left-hand side of the road, rolling several times down the steep embankment.

It is not clear who was driving the car.

Local newspapers report Marta lived in Gran Canaria.

She was known locally for getting involved in local politics, and it is reported that she was an active, sporty person.

While Ivan, a mechanic said to have a mechanical workshop in Jinámar, was reported to have grown up in the north of Spain.

He was a woodworker before moving to Gran Canaria many years ago, where he met wife Lucía, who died from a long illness several years ago.

The pair had three daughters – Rita, Marta and Raquel.

Rita was said to be working for Ovo Energy, specialising in renewable energy, in London, Laprovincia.es reports. She had worked for a software company in Edinburgh and as a computer programmer.

Raquel runs a sports shop in Avilés where her dad grew up.

Tributes have been paid by Jesús Díaz, the mayor of the town of Artenara, where Rita’s grandmother lived.

The crash involved a single vehicle, however the exact cause is still being investigated.

Emergency and Rescue Group (GES) were contacted after a worker noticed damage to concrete barriers placed at the edge of the road before a steep ravine.

Agents went to the area and confirmed that the vehicle had fallen a reported 246 feet, killing all four occupants.

They were unable to rescue the bodies due to the terrain and weather conditions making a helicopter or ground rescue far too risky.

The authorities were planning to retrieve the bodies today, weather permitting.

The investigation is ongoing.