A Cambridge University student has died after she fell out of a plane while on a study trip to Madagascar.
Alana Cutland, 19, fell from the Cessna-style light aircraft about ten minutes after take off, according to reports.
Cutland, from Milton Keynes, Beds, was a second year Biology Science student at the prestigious university.
The accident happened earlier this month as her aeroplane flew over the Madagascar wilderness.
Reports say her body fell in a rural isolated area and has not yet been recovered by authorities.
Her family said in a statement: “Our daughter Alana was a bright, independent young woman, who was loved and admired by all those that knew her.
“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.
“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.