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Search for pilot called off

Air accident investigators are trying to work out why a light aircraft crashed into the English Channel near Kent.

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Aircraft crash search suspended

A search for an aircraft which is believed to have crashed in the English Channel off the Kent coast has been suspended due to fading light.

The search started this afternoon after reports that an aircraft had failed to arrive at its destination airport in France.

Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), which is co-ordinating the search, was first contacted at 2.30pm.

A single engine aircraft with one person on board failed to arrive at Le Touquet airport having left Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire earlier on today.

A French search and rescue helicopter located wreckage approximately 15 miles off Dungeness.

A search and rescue helicopter joined in with the search, along with the Dungeness RNLI lifeboat, and three French vessels.

Further discussions will be held in the morning as to the next course of action.

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