Tributes are being paid to a businessman and his wife who were killed when their plane, based at Perranporth in Cornwall, went down in the English Channel.
Carl Whiteley and his wife Kathryn died in the crash off the coast of Jersey this morning.
An investigation is underway. Mr Whiteley's colleague, who'd worked with him for more than 30 years, said he would be greatly missed:
Belmont Regency Group Ltd are dismayed to hear of the death of one of our founding directors, Carl Whiteley and his wife Kathryn Whiteley when the plane he was piloting crashed into the English Channel on a flight from Northern France to Jersey this morning.
Our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time.
Carl jointly founded the company in 1982 with myself and apart from being business partners for over 31 years, Carl was a close friend who will be greatly missed.
The fondest memories will remain with myself and our staff of our dear departed colleague.
– Brett Hannon, managing director, Belmont Regency Group Ltd
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."