UPDATE: Couple killed in plane crash

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.

Investigations are continuing into a plane crash that killed a West Hallam couple.

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.

It was revealed today that a ferry on the way to the nearby island of Sark was diverted to help with the search.

Passengers said that the conditions were foggy at the time of the crash which killed the couple who have two daughters.

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.