Air Search crew "lucky to be alive"

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Mark McQuillan reports.

A crew member on board a plane that crash landed in Jersey on Sunday night has told ITV News he is lucky to be alive.

The Channel Islands Air Search aircraft hit a tree at Devil's Hole after suffering from engine problems.

The team were helping to look for two fishermen who were lost at sea off the Ecrehous at the time.

The charity's Chief Officer says the crew are shocked about what has happened.

All five crew on board are reported to be safe and well after the plane came down in St Mary. They have been back to the site of the crash and one was visibly emotional.

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One of the men rescued close to the Ecrehous reef, a 46-year-old man, has been discharged from hospital.

The second man, a 40-year-old, remains in a stable condition in intensive care.


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Above: RNLI's Tim Gavey was involved in the RNLI rescue. He told our reporter what happened.


Jersey, Alderney, UK, and French rescue services had searched for the men for five hours in 80mph winds and squally rain.

Emergency services described conditions at the crash site as "horrendous".


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Posted By: Stevie on 05-Nov-2013
A plane does not ditch on land. A plane ditches in the sea. A plane makes an emergency landing or crash lands on land. Bravo to the crew. True heroes. Time to ditch myself into the bath ;)

 
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Posted By: CJ on 05-Nov-2013
I would like to know why 5 brave men almost died for fishermen who should have known better than to out in those conditions. I hope they will be paying towards the cost of this operation.

 
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Posted By: bruce on 05-Nov-2013
i have flown the BN2 and have never heard of a duel engine failure except for lack of fuel or fuel contamination. will be interesting to see what caused that. glad they are all ok.

 
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Posted By: John on 04-Nov-2013
Well done to the pilot for getting the plane down in the dark. One must also not forget the other crew members who do such great work and who could very nearly have ended up in the sea last night.

 
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Posted By: The Old Git. St. H. on 04-Nov-2013
Great comments from all. Well done to the rescue services and great news everyone is safe. Well done to all of you.

 
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Posted By: St Johnnie on 04-Nov-2013
What great skill the pilot of the CIAS has shown in safely crash landing his aircraft in pitch darkness and in dreadful weather. I was reluctant to even walk the short distance to the shop last night yet these volunteers will go out in all conditions in order to save lives, my admiration for them, the lifeboat crews, helicopter crews and all the emergency services knows no limits. I hope serious questions will be asked of the two gentlemen who decided to go out in those conditions in a dinghy and who sparked off the whole chain of events which could have ended in a multiple tragedy..

 
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Posted By: Simon on 04-Nov-2013
RNLI and Air Search are truly wonderful people.

 
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Posted By: tbj on 04-Nov-2013
thank god they all got out safe and sound and hopefully they will be able to carry on the good work they do

 
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Posted By: Frank St Brelade on 04-Nov-2013
Brave people doing an amazing job.

 
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Posted By: kim.denmead.st saviour on 04-Nov-2013
hiw brave is the rescue team .and amazing they found them in such bad conditions .think every household should donate a pound to such a good cause .amazing.

 
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Posted By: Jack on 03-Nov-2013
Lets get this resolved as quickly as possible and put the plane on a low loader back to Guernsey, Lets see Lions Pride back in the air asap

 
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Posted By: deepsea on 03-Nov-2013
If the fire service has made it safe, it is now probably a total right off. Glad to hear everyone is ok.

 
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Posted By: Steve-O St Johns on 03-Nov-2013
This pilot must be amazing.. to put a search and rescue plane down in a field... in tonights weather and every one walk away... he should have the civilian version of the Victoria cross.

 
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Posted By: Gynette on 03-Nov-2013
Thank God you are all ok, you risk everything every day to search for and help others xx

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