Tributes to plane crash victim

Captain Michael Evans
Captain Michael Evans

THE funeral of a Hartlepool-born former seaman who was killed in a plane crash has taken place in Northern Ireland.

Captain Michael Evans, who was born in the town before settling in Northern Ireland, died after the plane he was a passenger on crashed at Cork Airport in thick fog earlier this month on a flight from Belfast,

Captain Evans’ funeral, the deputy harbour master at Belfast port, took place at the Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian church in Belfast where his widow, Andrea, and four children, Darren, Dean, Rebecca and Jordan, led mourners.

Capt Evans, 51, described as a gruff-talking and hard-working ex-deep sea mariner, was one of six killed in the accident.

Capt Evans worked in the 1980s as an employee of the China Navigation Company of Hong Kong. He was later employed at P&O Ferries’ Northern Ireland operation.

He joined Belfast Harbour in 2002 as Assistant Harbour Master before being promoted three years later.

Captain Kevin Allen, Belfast’s harbour master, spoke of Capt Evans’ dedication to his family at the service.

He said: “In all the time that I have known him he has been unwavering in his loyalty and dedication to his family.”