DUTCH authorities are hoping to recover the body of an heroic Knowle pilot who died in a plane crash last month.
Robert Mansell was killed after being forced to ditch his plane in the Caribbean Sea (although the crash happened in Holland’s territorial waters).
Tragically he was knocked unconscious in the crash and sank with the aircraft- but his quick actions saved the lives of all nine passengers on board.
Meriden MP Caroline Spelman, who has been working with Mr Mansell’s family to bring his body home, thanked the Dutch for their co-operation.
“I’m very, very relieved by this news,” she said. “It’s been widely recognised that Mr Mansell’s actions saved the lives of nine other people.
“It’s a big breakthrough for his family.
“They have said that they can’t move forward with the grieving process without recovering the body of their son.”
An attempt will be made to raise the plane and recover the 32-year-old’s body on Tuesday next week. Mr Mansell can then be repatriated.
A former Arden School pupil, Mr Mansell got a degree in aeronautical engineering from Bristol University - before heading overseas to get his pilot’s license.
The plane had gone down off the tiny island of Bonaire after one of the engines failed.