VIDEO: Tributes pour in for Louth man Matthew Chapman killed in helicopter crash

Tributes have been flooding in for the Louth man, Matthew Chapman, 48, who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Isle of Man on Saturday, June 6.

Mr Chapman was the pilot of the Bell Jet Ranger aircraft, which crashed shortly after 9am in the valley near to the 33rd milestone on the Mountain Road between Ramsey and Douglas.

No other people were on board at the time of the crash.

Chris Birchmore said: “Terrible sad news, a very good neighbour, known him all his life.”

Anita Dodge said: “Tragic. Thoughts and love to his family. RIP Matt, great person and an honour to have known you.”

Tony Harman said: “Still can’t believe it, such a good man, was always good to me.”

Matthew Chapman. EMN-150606-224235001

Matthew Chapman. EMN-150606-224235001

Denise Leatherbarrow said: “R.I.P such a wonderful man, will be sadly missed by many. Love and thoughts to Barbara, Mary and the children.”

Melanie Tunbridge said: “Was always very kind to me, lovely gentleman, my thoughts go to his family, Matthew you will be missed by so many, May you rest in peace.”

Tina Grantham said: “A true gentleman and one of life’s treasures. Sad sad news we are all thinking of Mary and your beautiful children. Such a sad time.”

Detective Inspector Steve Maddocks, of the Isle of Man Constabulary, said: “We, together with our colleagues from the Isle of Man Fire & Rescue Service and air crash investigators, are trying to establish the cause of the crash.”

The aircraft had flown two passengers to the Creg ny Baa, part of the course used for the Isle of Man TT races, shortly beforehand. The weather was reportedly windy.

Inspector Derek Flint added: “This sort of incident is difficult to deal with at any time, and having happened during the TT festival provided a number of challenges to all involved.

“Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the pilot. He has now been taken from the scene, which will be preserved for the arrival of the inspectors from the Air Accidents Investigations Branch.

“The scene will remain under guard, and members of the public are asked to remain clear of the location at this sensitive time. The Coroner for Inquests has been informed.”

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