A FAMILY tribute has been paid to a woman who died in a light aircraft crash in Somerset last month.

Margaret Costa was the only passenger onboard the plane that crashed on agricultural land near the village of Buckland St Mary on the morning of Thursday, August 12.

Margaret, aged 74, who lived in East Devon, and the man piloting the plane were pronounced dead at the scene.

Her family said: “She was a much-loved mum and a nanny to four grandchildren.

"She was the foundation stone of the family and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

“Margaret was a talented artist who was one of a few in the world who specialised in fore-edge painting (hidden watercolours found in the spine of gilt edge books).

“The world feels a less colourful place without her, but she blessed those she knew with many beautiful memories to remember her by.”

The family continue to ask for privacy at this difficult time and are being supported by specially trained officers.

The plane was piloted by Joe Mann, 69, who leaves a widow, Diane, and four daughters.

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