Thursday 29 September 2016

Plane goes missing off Irish coast minutes after it takes off from airport

Published 10/06/2016 | 07:33

Six coastguard rescue teams and two rescue helicopters were involved in the search.
Six coastguard rescue teams and two rescue helicopters were involved in the search.

The Dublin Coastguard is involved in a major search for a microlight that disappeared on a flight from Ireland to Scotland.

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The search was launched on Thursday evening when the light aircraft, which had two people on board, was reported overdue.

The operation continued to 3am, but had to be suspended due to fog.

The flight took off from the City of Derry airport and had been tracking towards Stranraer.

The air, land and sea search resumed when the morning fog lifted on Friday.

A fixed wing aircraft and the Irish Coastguard search and rescue helicopter are involved.

Coastguard search teams are carrying out a shore search while RNLI lifeboats are out looking in the North Channel.

The Northern Ireland North West Mountain Rescue Team is also assisting the operation.

James Instance, duty controller with UK Coastguard, said: "The weather has caused problems for the search operation. However, we have drawn up an extensive search and rescue plan which will be put into action today."

Belfast Telegraph

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