A CHESHIRE East Council worker was among seven Britons killed in a plane crash in Nepal.

Raymond Eagle, 58, died when the Sita Air plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from Kathmandu last Friday morning.

Seven Britons, seven Nepalis and five Chinese nationals died in the crash.

Mr Eagle had taken the trip as part of a lifetime ambition.

It has been confirmed that Mr Eagle, who lived in Macclesfield, worked for Cheshire East Council for 11 years as a support worker for disabled people.

He also taught at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College in Northwich, where it is believed he taught sociology.

Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones said: “On behalf of the council and all of Ray’s colleagues, I would like to extend our sympathy to his family at this very sad time.

“Ray was a quiet man with a gentle sense of humour who worked for this council and its predecessor authority, Cheshire County Council.

“He was immensely well liked by the people he supported. His was a very special job giving support to people with learning disabilities to enable them to live independently for as long as possible.

“The trip was his holiday of a lifetime. He was a very keen trekker and I understand he wanted to see Everest.

“He was a valued colleague and was very well liked and respected by many people. He will be missed by his colleagues and his friends.”

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