TRIBUTES have been paid to an ex-naval officer who died in a plane crash in Cornwall at the weekend.
Pilot Andrew Stillwell-Cox, 55, died when his private plane crashed shortly after taking off on Saturday.
He had links to Portsmouth from a 30-year naval career and was a Leading Hand in HMS Glamorgan during the Falklands War. He also served as Petty Officer in HMS Liverpool and HMS York in the late 1980s.
After he was selected for officer training, he went on to be a logistics officer in HMS Illustrious and served in Sierra Leone in 2000. He joined HMS Fearless as Logistics Commander in 2001, and served in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
His grieving family paid tribute yesterday in a statement which said: ‘He was highly respected and lived his life for the navy.’
An investigation has begun to establish the cause of the air crash, which was near RAF Portreath.
Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that suicide is one of the lines of inquiry being pursued by detectives.