Plane crashes into Solent with two people rescued from sea

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A LIGHT aircraft has plummeted into the Solent with two people recovered from the water by a passing vessel.

Multiple maydays were frantically made before the plane ditched in the sea this afternoon at Calshot Spit.

A passing boat rescued the two people marooned in the sea who escaped with only minor injuries.

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Solent Coastguard confirmed the ‘ongoing incident’ with the rescue operation currently in full swing.

HM Coastguard posted on Twitter: ‘(Coastguard) is dealing with an ongoing incident at Calshot Spit, where we are aware that an aircraft went down into the water.

‘Two people were onboard the aircraft and both people have been rescued. They were located by a nearby vessel.’

Hamble lifeboat are understood to be attending the operation alongside emergency crews.

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Control posted on Twitter: ‘Well it’s not everyday you get a call to a light aircraft coming down into the sea near Calshot! Fortunately only minor injuries to those onboard rescued by Coastguard.’

Coastguard on scene. Picture: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo AgencyCoastguard on scene. Picture: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency
Coastguard on scene. Picture: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency

It is thought the plane had taken off from Exeter earlier in the afternoon.

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