THE wife of a Lapworth businessman who died alongside his son when their light aircraft crashed on the Spanish island of Menorca at the weekend has spoken of her shock.
Brenda Hilvert from Droitwich Road in Worcester said: “It’s too hard to take in.”
Former RAF man Bruce Hook, aged 63, and his 26-year-old son Ian were killed on Saturday as they prepared for an air race at the island’s San Luis aerodrome.
Mr Hook owned the Willpower Garage in Lapworth where his son also worked. An experienced pilot, Mr Hook had just taken off in his own plane - a Beech Baron 55 in RAF colours - when the accident happened, killing the pair instantly.
Stephen Esslemont who rents the garage forecourt said: “From what I heard, it took off, nosedived and crashed 100 metres past the end of the runway and the plane exploded.”
The owner of the village shop, Sarge Tiwana added: “Bruce was well respected because he had been here so long.He was fantastic to be around and was always helping out people who had problems.”
Ian, who lived in Kenilworth, had a girlfriend and was due to return home on Wednesday.
A Spanish government spokesman said post-mortem examinations were being carried out on the victims.