Family heartbroken over UK teen's death in reported fall from plane

Alana Cutland plunged over 3,500 feet from the Cessna light aircraft.
Alana Cutland plunged over 3,500 feet from the Cessna light aircraft. Photo credit: Facebook.

A UK woman has died after falling from a plane in Madagascar last month, according to reports.

The UK Foreign Office confirmed on Wednesday (local time) that 19-year-old Alana Cutland died on the African island - famous for its unique wildlife.

Her official cause of death has yet to be confirmed however it has been widely-reported she fell from a plane after she opened the door herself. 

Cutland's family said in a statement that she lit up every room she walked into.

In a statement released by the Foreign and Commonwealth officer, they described her as a bright, independent young woman who was loved and admired. 

"She was always so kind and supportive to her family and friends, which resulted in her having a very special connection with a wide network of people from all walks of her life, who we know will miss her dearly," the statement said. 

"Alana grasped every opportunity that was offered to her with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure, always seeking to extend her knowledge and experience in the best ways possible.

"She was particularly excited to be embarking on the next stage of her education, on an internship in Madagascar complimenting her studies in Natural Sciences.

"Alana was also a talented dancer and embraced the more creative side of her talents with joy and commitment.

"Her thirst for discovering more of the world always ensured she made the most of every second of her action-packed young life.

"We are heartbroken at the loss of our wonderful, beautiful daughter, who lit up every room she walked in to, and made people smile just by being there." 

Local law enforcement have not arrested anyone in connection to the incident, The Guardian reports.

Robinson College was "deeply shocked" by the death, according to the BBC.

"In her two years here, she made a huge contribution to many different aspects of life in the college - she will be sorely missed by us all," said Dr David Woodman, of Robinson College.


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