Two dead in plane crash

Two people have died after a light aircraft registered at Perranporth in Cornwall crashed into the sea off the coast of Jersey.

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Tributes paid to plane crash victim

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

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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

Search for survivors of plane crash

Perranporth registered plane crashed off Jersey Credit: ITV Channel

A private plane which is registered at Perranporth has ditched into the sea at St Ouen’s Bay in Jersey and it’s believed two people are on board and still missing.

All emergency services are on the scene around five miles out to sea.

Both Jersey’s lifeboats, the French Navy, Royal Navy warship - a HMS Northumberland, Island Air Search, Jersey Fire and Rescue, Jersey Ambulance and various commercial vessels are there.

Emergency services stand by for news of plane crash Credit: ITV Channel

Emergency services say there’s limited visibility and it's hard to get to but they have found a blue bag with two UK five-pence pieces.

The Manche Iles Express passenger ferry Marin Marie with more than 200 passengers on board was diverted while en route to Sark.

It's now on its way to Sark.

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