The family of Mike Denton released a statement about his death on Thursday and say he loved airplanes and always wanted to be a pilot.

Denton was working for Kenn Borek Air when the plane he was in crashed into a steep and ice-covered slope on the Queen Alexandra mountain range in Antarctica last week.

Denton and pilot, Bob Heath and another crew member Perry Anderson were presumed killed in the crash.

His family released a statement on Thursday saying:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Denton.

Mike will be sorely missed. He was thoughtful, honest, conscientious, hardworking and had a playful sense of humour.

The family of Mike Denton would like to express sincere gratitude for the support, the kind words, and prayers that have been received from family, friends and from people throughout Calgary, Alberta, across the country and indeed, around the world. 

We also send our thoughts and prayers to the other two families who have suffered terrible loss as a result of this tragedy.

Finally, we would like to thank Kenn Borek Air for their constant and open communication during the search for the aircraft, and all those involved in the international search and rescue effort.

A memorial service will be held on Friday for Mike Denton at Christ Church Elbow Park in Calgary at 2:00 p.m.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to STARS Air Ambulance or a charity of your choice.

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