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Search resumes for missing aircraft en route from Derry to Scotland - two people on board

Published 10/06/2016

Six coastguard rescue teams and two rescue helicopters were involved in the search.
Six coastguard rescue teams and two rescue helicopters were involved in the search.

The search for a micro-light aircraft that went missing after leaving City of Derry Airport has resumed.

The Coastguard, assisted by the Dublin-based Rescue 116 helicopter, was searching until dark last night for the aircraft that has two people on board.

The plane was last seen near Cushendun in Co Antrim and was bound for Scotland.

The microlight left the airport, in Eglinton, County Londonderry, at about 11:00 BST on Thursday.

The search of the North Channel was suspended due to fog.

The air, land and sea search resumed when the morning fog lifted on Friday.

Six coastguard rescue teams and two rescue helicopters were involved in the search.

Five lifeboats from Larne and Red Bay in Northern Ireland, as well as Portpatrick in Scotland, were deployed.

Police in Northern Ireland and Scotland have also been informed.

James Instance, duty controller with UK Coastguard, said: "The weather has caused problems for the search operation. However, we have drawn up an extensive search and rescue plan which will be put into action today."

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