Search for pilot called off after English Channel crash

Locator map of plane crash

A search for the pilot of a light aircraft that crashed into the English Channel has been called off.

The American-registered plane carrying one person came down about 15 miles off Dungeness in Kent at 14:30 BST on Sunday.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a French helicopter had found the wreckage of the plane, which had been heading to northern France.

However, the search for the pilot was suspended overnight.

A spokesman for Dover Coastguard said: "Having taken the advice of the RAF as well as the French rescue authorities, we have decided that we won't be resuming the search."

The plane was heading from Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire to Le Touquet in northern France.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesman had previously said a team had been deployed to collect evidence and begin an initial investigation.

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