BREAKING NEWS: couple killed in tragic air crash

A couple from West Hallam near Ilkeston have been killed in a plane crash off the coast of Jersey.

Husband and wife Carl and Kathryn Whiteley were in a Cessna Crusader aircraft understood to have crashed at 10.20 am on Wednesday.

It was on its way back from Dinan in France and was heading to Jersey when disaster struck five miles off the coast of the island in thick fog and it plummeted into the English Channel.

A search operation involved helicopters hovering above the wreckage before the bodies were found.

The couple have two daughters and a full investigation has been launched.

Businessman Mr Whiteley jointly founded Belmont Regency in Derby.

Managing director Brett Hannon said he and other colleagues were ‘dismayed’.

In a tribute he added: “Our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time.

“Carl jointly founded the company in 1982 with myself and, apart from being businesses 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.”

A statement from Jersey Police said: “Following a comprehensive search and rescue mission by the RNLI, Fire & Rescue Service, Channel Island Air Search and assisted by private boats and HMS Northumberland we now believe there were no survivors of this morning’s light aircraft crash.

“The States of Jersey Police will now be working alongside the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) to establish what happened.”

Did you know the Whiteleys? Get in touch with the Advertiser on news@ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk to pay tribute.