Monday, 24 September 2007

Plane crash victim to be buried today

One of the victims of the Thai air disaster is to be buried today by family in Londonderry.

The remains of the 22 year old were sent back home on Friday to the Drumard Park home in the Hazelbank area.

The aircraft crashed on landing when it came down in bad weather killing 88 people.

Patricia Logue Aaron's Aunt said:

"We the parents and brothers of Aaron Toland would like to express heartfelt gratitude to our family and friends who have given us great comfort and support as we mourn the loss of our beloved son and brother Aaron. Nothing could prepare us to lose Aaron in this terrible tragic manner so far away from us, his family.

"We are heartened that he is back home with us. Our only desire now is to mourn our son and brother. We appreciate that the circumstances of Aaron's death and those of 88 other people in Thailand made it world news. However, we are a family in mourning and ask that the media would respect our privacy."

Doctors have said that his friend Chris Cooley is still in hospital in Phuket but is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators have said that the possible cause of the crash is wind shear, where the wind makes a sudden change in direction or speed.

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