Travel company is investigating Nepal plane crash concerns

Warrington Guardian: Tim Oakes Tim Oakes

CONCERNS raised by a coroner about overloading baggage on flights are being investigated by the travel company whose seven customers died in a Nepal air crash.

Teacher Tim Oakes died along with six other British tourists when the plane they were travelling in crashed shortly after taking off.

All 16 passengers on the plane died instantly on September, 28, 2012.

Cheshire Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg found the seven British men died as a result of an accident.

Mr Rheinberg told Warrington Coroners Court on Tuesday he would write to Explore Worldwide Ltd, who the men had booked at trip to Everest Base Camp with, as the firm’s brochures did not warn travellers about the potential dangers of overloading baggage.

A spokesman from Explore Worldwide Ltd, a Farnborough based firm, said: “It is a matter for the carrier to impose and enforce luggage limits on their flights. We will be looking to see how we, as a company, can best present this information to our customers.”

Mr Oakes, aged 57, lived in Winwick with wife Angie Gaunt.

The cause of the crash remains a mystery — contributing factors to the tragedy were raised during an inquest but it is not known what led to the incident.

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