Nepal Crash Victims Booked With Hampshire Firm

Seven British tourists, including one from London, are among 19 people who have died in a plane crash in Nepal.

The British victims were identified by local travel company Sherpa Adventures as Raymond Eagle, 58, Christopher Davey, 51, Vincent Kelly, 50, Darren Kelly, 45, Timothy Oakes, 57, Stephen Holding, 60, and Benjamin Ogden, 27, from London.

The group, who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday and were due to begin trekking on Friday, were travelling with Hampshire-based travel company Explore Worldwide. Its headquarters are in Farnborough.

Managing director Ashley Toft said:

''We are devastated by this news. Our thoughts are very much with the families of those affected, both in the UK and in Nepal.''

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the families of the victims have all been informed.

Oxford University graduate Mr Ogden lived in London and worked for international law firm Allen & Overy, where he had recently qualified as an associate.

The firm said in a statement: ''Everyone at Allen & Overy is deeply shocked and saddened by the news that Ben Ogden was one of 19 people who were tragically killed in a plane crash in Nepal this morning.

''Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

''As well as being an excellent lawyer, Ben was a very popular member of the firm.

''Ben had recently qualified and it was clear to everyone that he had an incredibly promising career ahead of him. Ben will be deeply missed by all who knew him.''

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