A student from Cambridge University tragically passed away in Madagascar when she fell from a plane. The grief-stricken family of 19 year old Alana Cutland paid tribute to the intelligent young lady.
Alana was a bright second-year biological natural sciences student who lived in Milton Keynes, a big town in Buckinghamshire, England. While on an internship, she died north-east of the island country earlier in July. She reportedly fell out of a Cessna-style plane while flying over the savannah after she was doing research in the desolate region of Anjajavy last week Thursday.
The family’s statement
“Our daughter Alana was a bright, independent young woman, who was loved and admired by all those that knew her,” Alana’s family said in a statement. “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 complementing her studies in natural sciences.” They continued in the statement, “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, made a statement expressing his deepest sympathy to Alana’s family.
“Robinson College is deeply shocked by the news of Alana’s death,” said Woodman. “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.”