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Cambridge University student, 19, dies after falling out of plane on study trip to Madagascar 

Horror as Cambridge University biology student, 19, dies after falling out of light aircraft during study trip to Madagascar

  • Alana Cutland, 19, fell from plane above Madagascar ten minutes after take off
  • She plunged to her death and it is now feared her body may never be recovered 
  • Second-year Biological Natural Sciences student was on a study trip at the time
  • Cambridge University student’s family shared heartbreak following her death

A Cambridge University student has died after falling out of a plane while on a study trip in Madagascar – with police fearing her body may never be found after landing in an area filled with carnivorous wild animals.

Alana Cutland, 19, fell from the Cessna-style light aircraft while it was above the east African country, about ten minutes after take-off, earlier this month.  

The second-year Biological Natural Sciences student, from Milton Keynes, was thought to on an internship when she plunged to her death in the wild Savannah.  

Alana’s family say they ‘are heartbroken at the loss of our wonderful, beautiful daughter, who lit up every room she walked in to’.

Cambridge University student Alana Cutland, 19, fell to her death from a light aircraft above Madagascar 

One local report suggested the student had forced open the plane door in front of the horrified pilot and another passenger.

It also claimed that Alana and her parents had several intense and agitated discussions on the phone in the days leading up to her death.  

Alana was thought to be travelling back from a research trip to the remote area of Anjajavy.

She was in the country for a university research trip to complement her studies and one other passenger was in the aircraft with her, along with the pilot.   

Alana’s family have asked for privacy following her death. 

Their statement said: ‘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.

She fell from the Cessna-style light aircraft while it was above the east African country, about ten minutes after take-off

She fell from the Cessna-style light aircraft while it was above the east African country, about ten minutes after take-off

She was in the east African country for a university research trip to complement her studies

She was in the east African country for a university research trip to complement her studies 

Alana was thought to be travelling back from a research trip to the remote area of Anjajavy.

Alana was thought to be travelling back from a research trip to the remote area of Anjajavy.

Alana was in the country for a university research trip and one other passenger was in the aircraft with her, along with the pilot

Alana was in the country for a university research trip and one other passenger was in the aircraft with her, along with the pilot

One local report suggested the student had forced open the plane door in front of the horrified pilot and another passenger

One local report suggested the student had forced open the plane door in front of the horrified pilot and another passenger

‘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 complementing 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.’

Dr David Woodman, of Robinson College, Cambridge University, said in a statement: “Robinson College is deeply shocked by the news of Alana’s death. 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. The college extends its sincerest condolences to Alana’s family at this extremely difficult time.”

Alana was involved in the yoga and mindfulness society at the college, according to its website.

The internship is understood to have been undertaken privately and was not a Cambridge University study trip.  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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