A FLINTSHIRE teacher has been named as the sole Briton killed in a plane crash in Mali.
Dave “Masher” Morgan, who grew up in Mynydd Isa, near Mold, and taught at Argoed High School, was one of 116 victims who died when Air Algerie flight AH5107 from Burkina Faso to Algeria crashed on July 24.
Mr Morgan, 57, said to be a passionate rugby enthusiast, taught mathematics and PE at Argoed High School from 1981.
Yesterday his friend Ian Jones said he was a “local lad who taught kids from his own village”.
Mr Jones said: “Dave "Masher" Morgan was an inspiration to all the students he taught, what was exceptional about Dave was he cared for all students no matter what their ability in sport and would encourage everyone to take part.
“Dave was passionate about rugby and would coach students outside work, he had a very close bond with his students as he had a kind nature but also a great sense of humour.
Mr Jones, also from Mynydd Isa, said that ex-students and friends all said Mr Morgan cared for them all and would support them no matter what.
He continued: “He was also very personable and he felt more like a mate than a teacher.
“His family were well known within the village especially his dad, Dixie Morgan, who was very proud of his son, he like Dave was a larger than life character.
“A tragic loss to everyone who knew him.