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Search continues for missing pilot off coast of Blackpool

Light aircraft which left the Isle of Man yesterday failed to land in Blackpool

A shoreline search has begun this morning for a missing light aircraft which disappeared from radar yesterday.

Lytham St Anne Coastguard, Blackpool and Fylde Borough Council Beach Patrol units started shore line searches early this morning in the Blackpool coastal area.

As a result of yesterday’s extensive search over a 45 square nautical mile area by UK Coastguard Rescue teams (Lytham St Anne), several RNLI lifeboats (from Lytham St Anne, Blackpool and Fleetwood), the Southport Rescue Independent lifeboat and two helicopters (the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon and the police helicopter based at Warton) debris and fuel spillage was found off the coast.

Matthew West, Duty Controller at the UK Coastguard said:

Shoreline searches have started this morning and we are now looking at handing over to the Air Accident Investigation Branch and Lancashire Police.

– Matthew West, Duty Controller at the UK Coastguard

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Search resumes for light aircraft missing off Blackpool coast

The search for a light aircraft missing off the coast of Blackpool has resumed.

Coastguard boats off the shoreline Credit: Granada Reports

The plane was reported missing just after 0900 on Thursday morning.

Today the coastguard said they were conducting searches along the shoreline.

"Shoreline searches have started this morning and we are now looking at handing over to the Air Accident Investigation Branch and Lancashire Police."

– Matthew West, Duty Controller at the UK Coastguard

Heavy rain causes severe floods on the Isle of Man

Extreme weather conditions have closed a majority of major routes Credit: Fenella Campbell

Heavy rain has caused a landslide and flooded a number of roads on the Isle of Man, police have said. The mountain road was closed after the landslide blocked one stretch at about 16:30 GMT. Police said most roads have become "impassable" in Douglas, Laxey, and Richmond Hill.

Laxey Bridge - there were no passengers on the bus and the driver is safe Credit: Vicki Quirk

The public are advised NOT to travel at this time until weather conditions improve. Rush hour will shortly be upon us and it is essential that people heed the advice in order to avoid becoming stranded.

– Chief Inspector Phil Shimmin, Isle of Man Constabulary

The police and other emergency response agencies will respond to calls on a priority basis, dealing with those who are vulnerable first and foremost.

For the latest information regarding road closures and updates, the public are advised to monitor local radio stations and relevant social media pages for up to the minute updates on which roads are closed.

This footage was sent to Granada's facebook page by Joanna Louise Steele

Search resumes for missing aircraft off coast of Blackpool

A shoreline search has begun this morning for a missing light aircraft which disappeared from radar yesterday.

Lytham St Anne Coastguard, Blackpool and Fylde Borough Council Beach Patrol units started shore line searches early this morning in the Blackpool coastal area.

As a result of yesterday’s extensive search over a 45 square nautical mile area by UK Coastguard Rescue teams (Lytham St Anne), several RNLI lifeboats (from Lytham St Anne, Blackpool and Fleetwood), the Southport Rescue Independent lifeboat and two helicopters (the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon and the police helicopter based at Warton) debris and fuel spillage was found off the coast.

Matthew Mace at the UK Coastguard said:

Shoreline searches have started this morning and we are now looking at handing over to the Air Accident Investigation Branch and Lancashire Police.

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