[article] A couple were killed when their light aircraft crashed into an airport runway as they returned from a shopping break in Paris. Pilot Gary Vickers, 58, and his girlfriend Kay Clarke, 42, were on their way back from the French capital when their twin-engine plane smashed into the ground as they tried to land. Businessman Mr Vickers – whose father Gordon is a close friend of former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott – flew the light aircraft to the UK from his property in Andorra early last week. Keen travellers: Kay Clarke and Gary Vickers were on their way back from a shopping break in Paris on Friday Gary Vickers, 58, (left) died in the plane crash on Friday alongside passenger Kaye Clarke. Mr Vickers's father, Gordon, (right) paid tribute to his son, who he said was an 'excellent pilot' The father of two then took the Eurostar to London where he met up with Miss Clarke, his partner of six years. The ‘devoted couple’ went on a short break to Amsterdam before returning to the UK and flying out to Paris for a shopping trip. They had been planning to make the return flight on Thursday, but Miss Clarke phoned her parents to say they were delayed by stormy weather. The pair, who met while Miss Clarke was dining at Mr Vickers’ family hotel in Cheshire, eventually decided to embark on what would be their final journey on Friday morning.