“We were going to be married” says partner of pilot whose plane crashed near Harlow

Communities / Mon 12th Oct 2015 at 02:57pm

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THE partner of a man who died in a aircraft crash near Harlow last week, has spoken of her grief at the loss of the man she was planning to marry next year.

East Tilbury resident Penny (we have been asked not to reveal her full name) has needed a week to compose herself after she received the tragic news that Rob Bull (40) died when the eight-seater Beechcraft King Air 200 landed in a field off Gravel Lane, Chigwell, just before 10.20am on Saturday (Oct 3rd).

A friend of the family said “When I heard what had happened I was devastated. Penny and Rob had been together for nearly six years- they were an incredibly loving couple who were busy planning their future together. Rob was looking for a house and after that they planned on getting married.

Rob’s life-long ambition was to become a pilot. Through an incredible amount of hard work and determination he made his dream come true. Some comfort can be taken from the fact that to the very end he was doing what he loved.

Rob’s partner, Penny, was really proud of him. She is in pieces and can’t even imagine how she will start to put her life back together. Rob also leaves behind his daughter, Rachel. He was a wonderful father and he loved her and Penny so much.

All of Rob’s family and friends are distraught at his loss. He was such a kind, happy person and so full of life, quick to smile and to laugh. He made so many people happy and without him the world is a darker place.

First Officer Francis Simmonds, 46, who lived in Luton, was also killed in the crash.

Both men were described as “highly-experienced” pilots by a spokesman for owner and operator London Executive Aviation (LEA).

The plane had taken off from Stapleford Aerodrome, Stapleford Tawney, but crashed soon after.

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