Tribute To Plane Crash Victim

The family of a man who died in a light aircraft crash in Dorset have paid tribute to him.

26-year-old Orlando Rogers was a passenger in a friend’s 1930’s Tiger Moth light aircraft which came down in a field near Witchampton at about 3pm on Sunday 15th May 2011.

Orlando was airlifted soon after to Dorchester hospital but he died at 8.45pm with his mother by his side.

Orlando was originally from Newton Abbot and Torquay leaves behind his mother Julia, sister Jade, and girlfriend Kathryn - who've released the following tribute:

"Serving as a Royal Marines Officer for 6 years, Orlando deployed throughout the world including Operational tours in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.

"Within a year of leaving the Royal Marines he had established a successful business in Maritime Security, employing many of his former comrades.

"It is understated to say that he was immensely special to all who knew him.  

"His unique charisma, positive outlook and enthusiasm for life touched and inspired all those around him. 

"His death leaves an unfillable void for his family and many friends and colleagues.

"His example on living life to the fullest will never dissipate; whether it was rowing the Atlantic, racing Zap Cats, sky diving or skiing. 

"He died as he lived – in action. 

"He was always cheerful, full of fun and the spirit of adventure."