Daughters’ tribute to air crash couple

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TWO daughters who lost their parents in a plane crash last week say their pain is “unbearable”.

West Hallam couple Carl Whiteley and his wife, Kathryn, both 55, were killed when the plane he was piloting crashed into the sea off the Jersey coast.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE'Belmont Regency Group Ltd undated handout photo of Carl Whiteley who along with his wife Kathryn have been killed in a plane crash off the coast of Jersey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 4, 2013. Carl and Kathryn, from Derbyshire, are understood to have been on board a Cessna plane which crashed about five miles west of Jersey Airport. See PA story AIR Ditching. Photo credit should read: Belmont Regency Group Ltd/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE'Belmont Regency Group Ltd undated handout photo of Carl Whiteley who along with his wife Kathryn have been killed in a plane crash off the coast of Jersey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 4, 2013. Carl and Kathryn, from Derbyshire, are understood to have been on board a Cessna plane which crashed about five miles west of Jersey Airport. See PA story AIR Ditching. Photo credit should read: Belmont Regency Group Ltd/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The couple, of Lechdale Close, were on their way home from a holiday when their Cessna Crusader aircraft ditched five miles out to sea, in thick fog, while on approach to Jersey Airport at 10.20am last Wednesday.

A massive rescue operation was launched but Jersey Police later confirmed there were no survivors.

In note to their parents, daughters Gillian and Sarah said: “A week has gone by and words cannot even go anywhere near to trying to explain the loss that we feel right now. The family are suffering from an unbearable pain but we take comfort in knowing that you were both very in love and had been enjoying a great summer holidaying all over the place.

“You have certainly lived life to the full. You created such fantastic memories for us that will keep us strong and help us pull through.

“You have three gorgeous grandchildren that completely doted on you and we will make it so that they never forget you.

“There will not be a day that goes by that you are not missed. Whilst you’re gone from here, we know that you will always be with us and looking after us.

“You brought us up to be such a tight-knit family and you made many brilliant friends that are taking care of us at this awful time and will continue to do so.

“We know that you were proud of us and we know how much you loved us.

“Love you forever. Your two daughters, Gillian and Sarah.”

Sarah revealed the family had been sent many messages of support since the tragedy.

She said: “Mum and Dad made such a lasting impression on anybody that had the pleasure of meeting them and we have had some lovely messages sent to us.”

The sisters also paid tribute to rescuers after they managed to recover gifts that their parents had bought them while in Dinan.

Sarah said: “Thank you so much to the rescue teams that have managed to find the last presents that they made for us - we will treasure them forever.”

The owner of the jewellery shop where the gifts were made e-mailed the girls after hearing about the crash.

She said: “I had the privilege of spending two of the nicest hours of my working life with them, helping them design and make jewellery for their daughters and granddaughter. They joked that they were going to tell them that they’d made their presents and watch their faces drop, but then see how amazed they’d be when they saw the gorgeous things they’d made.”Mr Whiteley was a founding director at Belmont Regency financial advisers and insurance brokers in St Peter’s Churchyard, Derby.