Bodies of Brit pilot and wife ‘lay for 18 hours’ after car fell 250ft off cliff

The bodies of a British pilot and his wife may have laid undiscovered for 18 hours after a tragic car plunge on holiday.

Richard Addicott and his wife Rita Garcia Bolanos were killed in Gran Canaria when they fell 246 feet down a precipice.

Her dad Ivan Garcia Buelna and one of his daughters, Marta Garcia Bolaños, also died alongside them in the car.

Richard, a pilot for Norwegian Air Shuttle, was on holiday from London visiting his father-in-law at the time, the Mirror reports.

The accident happened in bad weather on a stretch of motorway in Galdar, Las Palmas in the Spanish Canary Islands.

Authorities believe the fatal accident took place between 9pm and 10pm on Tuesday.

But the wreckage was not discovered until 3.45pm the next day, nearly 18 hours later.

A passing motorway worker spotted roadside barriers had been damaged and noticed the car.

Emergency workers went to the vehicle to check for anyone trapped and found all four had died.

The group was driving back to Las Palmas after visiting Rita's grandmother in Artenara.

The motor is believed to have crashed just 10 minutes into their 90-minute journey in fog and rain, local paper La Nueva Espana reported.

It is not clear who was driving the car.

The vehicle smashed into crash barriers on a sharp right-hand turn and plunged off the cliff on the left-hand side of the road.

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It rolled several times down the steep embankment.

Richard’s former colleague Kye Lopez told the Mirror: "I worked alongside Richard as a cabin crew for many years.

"It's so incredibly sad to hear of his passing as he was a major friend, and an even bigger inspiration to become a pilot to me.

"All I can say is that I'm so incredibly sad about his passing, and I hope the best for his poor family.

"I hope he knew how much of an inspiration he was to me.”

A former colleague at Ryanair praised him as "one of the nicest person I've ever met”, adding: “It’s unbelievable."

In a statement, a Norwegian Air Shuttle spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of Relief Captain Richard Addicott during this sad time.”

The bodies have not yet been retrieved due to terrain and weather conditions, making a helicopter or ground rescue far too risky.

A body retrieval had been planned for Thursday, weather permitting, but there have been no further reports.

An investigation into the deaths is ongoing.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are supporting the family of a British man following his death in Gran Canaria, and are in contact with the Spanish authorities."

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