Search plane emergency landing

All passengers on board the Channel Islands' air search plane are reportedly safe after a crash landing in Jersey this evening. The plane is understood to have been used on an emergency call searching for two people missing at sea.

French Coastguard takes over search for missing men

A spokesman for Jersey Coastguard has confirmed the search for two men missing in a dinghy is being handed over to the better-resourced French Coastguard, with the search area growing to more than 100 square miles.

The pair were headed towards Les Ecrehous reef, situated about halfway between Jersey and France, when they were reported missing.

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5 aboard air search plane 'shaken up' after crash landing

Lion's Pride, the Channel Islands Air Search aircraft that crash landed in Jersey this evening.
Lion's Pride, the Channel Islands Air Search aircraft that crash landed in Jersey this evening. Credit: Channel Islands Air Search

The five people aboard Lion's Pride, the Channel Islands Air Search aircraft that crash landed in Jersey this evening, visited a nearby pub with police after their landing.

The manager of The Priory Inn John Dowling said "everyone was all right".

"Of course they were shaken up," he said.

"You would be too if you'd just crash landed a plane, wouldn't you?"