Derby couple dead in plane crash

A husband and wife have died after their plane crashed off the coast of the Channel Islands.

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Search underway for doomed plane

Search and rescue vessels, including Channel Islands Airsearch, a UK rescue helicopter and a French rescue helicopter are currently assisting in the search-and-rescue operation, as well as lifeboats and other available watercraft in the vicinity.

Coastal visibility is poor at present but we understand that in the area being searched visibility is better.

As a result of the incident, flow control has been implemented at Jersey airport, which could cause some delays for commercial flights."

– JERSEY AIRPORT SPOKESMAN

Two people on board plane dead

The two people on board the plane which crashed off the Channel Islands earlier today have died.

It was flying to Jersey Airport from Dinan in France.

The plane is owned by Derby businessman Carl Whiteley - it's not known if he was on-board.

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