Search operations underway as plane crashes into English Channel for ‘unknown reason’

The plane P-28, that took off from Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, on Saturday was bound for Le Touquet in northern France.

A search operation has been carried out in the English Channel to locate the missing plane.

The French Coastguard said the aircraft is the “subject of a worrying disappearance” and a search for the plane was carried out “all afternoon”.

“The British Coastguard launched an operation supported by French aircraft and boats including the Abeille-Languedoc (Languedoc Bee) tug, which has been chartered by the French Navy.”

By 8.30pm in France (7.30pm GMT), there was no sign of the occupants of the plane.

The Prefecture spokesperson continued: “The search continued all afternoon, without being able to locate any debris or aircraft wreckage.

“At the beginning of Saturday evening, without additional elements and the probable sector of disappearance having been fully investigated, the searches were suspended.

“They will resume tomorrow morning with a flight by the Dauphin helicopter.”

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