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New Channel Islands Air Search plane unveiled

The new aircraft was blessed this weekend Credit: ITV Channel TV

The new Channel Islands Air Search plane, know as the Lions' Pride, has been unveiled.

It will replace the aircraft that crash landed on Jersey's north coast five years ago.

Dignitaries from across the Channel Islands watched on as the Deans of Jersey and Guernsey blessed the plane at a service this weekend.

The new purpose adapted Britten Norman Islander aircraft will become fully operational in May.

The founder of the organisation says the plane will shape the future of air and rescue missions for the next 30 years.

It's the mark of a new era, leading-edge technology for a search aircraft which is unique, only one of its kind in the world.

It's a Channel Islands venture, Jersey every bit as much as Guernsey and the smaller islands. Everyone's contributed, but not only money, their time and expertise.

– Roger Dadd, Founder, Channel Islands Air Search