Grant on behalf of Co Down plane crash victim Caroline Mawhinney

Friends of Caroline Mawhinney, who died when the light plane she was flying in crashed at Co Down, have set up a bursary in her honor.

s Mawhinney was on the plane with businessman Philip Murdock when it landed at Newtownards Airport on July 19.

Mr Murdock was Managing Director of security firm Envision Intelligent Solutions in Craigavon, Co. Armagh. Ms Mawhinney was a teacher and mother of two living just outside Newtownards.

A private funeral service for Ms Mawhinney was held at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel on Sunday. A statement said she was “a dearly loved wife to Steven for 19 years, a dearly beloved mother to Joshua and Emily, a loving and cherished daughter to John and the late Heather, best sister to Kelly and a special aunt to Bailey”.

In consultation with her family, the Ulster Flying Club has announced it will establish the Caroline Mawhinney Future Female Pilot Scholarship and will describe her as a “valued member of the aviation community”.

A Just Giving page has been set up to raise £10,000 to fund the ‘budding pilot’ bursary. It states that her “passion for aviation was unwavering”.

“She was in the process of completing advanced flight training with the ultimate goal of becoming a flight instructor,” the club said.

“In honor of Caroline and her passion for flying, her tireless contributions to aviation in Northern Ireland and her commitment to our flying club, we are delighted to announce that we are now accepting donations towards this bursary in her memory. This scholarship will help an aspiring woman to become a fully qualified private pilot with the Ulster Flying Club.”

The fund had raised just over £2,600 within hours of its launch, with details on how it was done apply for the scholarship, which will be advertised at a later date. Grant on behalf of Co Down plane crash victim Caroline Mawhinney

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