Published: 17:13 GMT, 26 August 2015 | Updated: 12:21 GMT, 27 August 2015

A British family of four killed in a plane crash while on the last day of their holiday in Canada have been named.

Fiona Hewitt, 52, her husband Richard, 50, and their teenage children 14-year-old Harry and 17- year-old Felicity, who are all from Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, died in the crash.

The Hewitts were on the last day of a Quebec sightseeing trip when the small aircraft they were travelling in crashed into the side of a mountain, killing all six people on board.

Mother: Fiona Hewitt (left), of Milton Keynes, and her son Harry, 14 (right) were killed alongside her husband Richard and her teenage daughter Felicity died in the crash

The impact was so severe nobody could have survived, and pilot Romain Desrosiers and French passenger Emilie Delaitre also died. The seaplane flight had been due to last 20 minutes.

In a statement issued through the Foreign Office, a relative of the Hewitts said today: 'The Hewitt family, from Milton Keynes, were visiting the area as part of a special holiday.

'Their families are devastated by the news of this tragic incident and are struggling to come to terms with the loss of the entire family.'

Neighbour Sandhya Santsbachalli said: ‘We've been here for two years and we met a few times. They came here to exchange Christmas cards and we went for Christmas drinks.

‘I can just remember Fiona's smiling face. They were a very close knit family, lovely children. It's very shocking, very sad, may they rest in peace.’

Neighbour Graham Knight said: ‘Everybody in the close is shocked. One neighbour was told what had happened - and she came round and told everyone in the close. 

'My wife Sarah just burst into tears. They were such a nice family. It is such a shame they were teenagers with their lives ahead of them.’

Harry's squash teacher David Hall, 66, said the 14-year-old was a ‘fantastic lad’. Mr Hall, who had taught Harry since he was seven, said: ‘I am absolutely shocked.

The four Britons who died in Quebec air crash have been named today by the the Quebec Coroner's Office as Fiona Hewitt, 52, her husband Richard, 50, and their two children, 14-year-old Harry and 17- year-old Felicity

The schools' attended by Harry and Felicity Hewitt today paid tribute to them.

In a joint statement, the schools' said: 'It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the loss of the Hewitt family in the air crash on Sunday 23 August in Quebec Province, Canada.

'Harry Hewitt was moving into Year 10 at Aylesbury Grammar School and Felicity Hewitt was due to start Year 13 at Aylesbury High School. Both school communities are devastated by this loss.

'Harry was a quiet, humble and unassuming young man who excelled academically. He was a talented squash player and made a hugely positive contribution to the life of the school. He was due to start his GCSE courses in September and had a very bright future ahead of him.

'Felicity was a happy member of the school community. She had just completed her first year in the Sixth Form at Aylesbury High School and had just gained an excellent set of AS results. Her contribution to the wider school was valued by all who knew her. She had an infectious smile and was well liked and respected by all who came into contact with her.

'Both will be missed by everyone within the two schools and the wider community.

Headmaster of Aylesbury Grammar School, Mark Sturgeon said: 'We are all deeply saddened by this tragic news. To lose a young family in such circumstances is devastating for all who knew them. The two school communities are coming to terms with this terrible loss. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Hewitt family.'

Office: Mrs Hewitt worked as a Shiatsu therapist at a complementary health centre (above) in Milton Keynes

‘He was a talented badminton player and started playing squash and preferred it. He had been concentrating on squash and let badminton go.

‘I have not seen him for about six months as we give squash a bit of a rest over the summer.’

Another neighbour, Mark Stevens, said: ‘They were a nice, decent down to earth family. I am in total shock I can't believe it. They have lived here a long time. The kids grew up in the close.’

And a resident in his fifties who asked not to be named, said: ‘They were a very, very down to earth family. They were a great family. Harry used to play football out in the street.’

Mrs Hewitt worked as a Shiatsu therapist at a complementary health centre. Dr Peter Berkin, who runs Alternatives with his wife, said: ‘She was just a lovely, lovely lady who was a natural healer.

‘She had been treating people with us for 15 years. She was our longest serving therapist. She was with us right from the beginning. She was very popular with clients.

‘They were a lovely family with young children. We have seen her children be born and grow up.’

Milton Keynes councillor Andy Dransfield, who represents the family's local ward of Loughton and Shenley, paid tribute to them as their identities was revealed.

The pilot, named as Romain Desrosiers, is among those killed in the air crash in Quebec earlier this week

The other victim was Emilie Delaitre, a 28-year-old French tourist. Her family confirmed that she had died on Radio Canada and her brother posted this photo on Facebook alongside a heartbreaking tribute to her

The Conservative politician said: 'It is very sad and shocking that what looks to be two students from Denbigh School have been killed in such unfortunate circumstances.'  

The Quebec Coroner's Office said it will carry out further investigations into the deaths in the coming weeks and its findings will be published in a report in the coming months.

Foreign Secretary: Philip Hammond offered his condolences to the relatives of those killed

The family had been staying in Tadoussac, a village popular with tourists around 12 miles (20km) from where their plane crashed, according to the Journal of Quebec.

The newspaper reported that the family had booked into the hotel for three nights and were due to leave on Monday, but their plane came down on Sunday afternoon in the Les Bergeronnes area.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond offered his condolences to the relatives of those killed.

He said: 'This terrible incident has taken the lives of all on board, including four British nationals. My thoughts and sympathy are with their family and friends at this difficult time.

'Our High Commission in Ottawa is in close contact with the Canadian authorities and we are providing consular assistance to the relatives of those who were killed.'

The Foreign Office said it could not provide any further information at this stage.

A picture on the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's website shows the wreckage of the red and white Beaver aircraft on a rock edge next to thick woodland.

The plane, operated by Air Saguenay, took off from Lac Long in Tadoussac on a routine sightseeing flight before crashing.

An Air Saguenay official said the flight was supposed to last 20 minutes and flying conditions at the time were 'excellent'.

An Air Saguenay de Havilland Beaver aircraft, the same model as the one which crashed in Quebec (file photo)

But cloud and rain significantly hampered efforts to access the steep and densely wooded area.

Search and rescue teams were dispatched to find two passengers after only four of the victims were originally found.

I can just remember Fiona's smiling face. They were a very close knit family, lovely children. It's very shocking, very sad, may they rest in peace 

Sandhya Santsbachalli, neighbour

Six bodies were discovered by Canadian military parachutists trawling the remote forest for the wreckage.

Jean-Marc Ledoux, a regional manager with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said it would take time before the cause of the crash is known.

He said: 'We're taking the time to conduct a thorough investigation, and because it was a smaller plane there was no flight data record, which will obviously make matters more difficult.

'There will always be different factors that contribute to these incidents. It is always hard to say how long these investigations will take.'

Pilot Mr Desrosiers is said to have had 6,000 hours of flying experience and had worked for Air Saguenay for 14 years.

The other victim, Emilie Delaitre, a 28-year-old French tourist, was visiting the country with her aunt and uncle, who did not board the plane with her, according to the French consulate.

The crash took place 20 minutes into the routine seaplane flight in Les Bergeronnes, 155 miles north-east of Quebec (shown on map). The British family are thought to have been on the last day of their holiday at the time

Miss Delaitre's brother, Henri Delaitre Seghetti, said on Facebook: 'On this black day I hope you have gone to heaven and have as much fun there as you did during your short life by our sides. 03/08/1987-22/08/2015. One more angel flying in the sky.'

After more details of the incident emerged, there were conflicting reports about whether the plane had made a distress call prior to the crash.

According to Le Journal de Quebec, a distress call was heard before it crashed into the mountainside and another pilot, Jean-Louis Bérubé, who was flying nearby, added that there had been 'a lot of action' on the airwaves at the time of the crash.

The crashed plane was built in 1956, but Air Saguenay said the motor was brand new.

According to reports, Air Saguenay upgraded its security system in 2010 after the same kind of seaplane, a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, crashed into a mountain in bad weather killing four of the six people on board.

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