Light aircraft crashes into the English Channel

Woman saved but husband is still missing as rescuers search for wreckage of two-seater private plane

A major search operation was launched on Saturday when a light aircraft carrying two people crashed into the Channel near Guernsey.

A Royal Navy patrol boat, fishing vessels and rescue helicopters were deployed after the single-engine private plane ditched 25 miles north-west of the Channel island. A woman was airlifted to hospital in the French port of Cherbourg after she was found on a life raft by a Russian merchant ship responding to a distress signal. The search was continuing for the second person, who is believed to be her husband.

The plane had been travelling from Lee on Solent, near Portsmouth, to Alderney when it came down shortly before 3.50pm. HMS Tyne, a Royal Navy patrol vessel with night vision capabilities, was diverted to join French coastguard search and rescue efforts, the Ministry of Defence said. Lifeboats from Guernsey, Alderney and Normandy were also involved.


Barry Neild

The GuardianTramp

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