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Businessman and wife die in crash

A businessman and his wife have been killed in a plane crash off the coast of Jersey.

Carl Whiteley and his wife Kathryn, from Derbyshire, are understood to have been on board a Cessna plane which crashed about five miles west of Jersey Airport.

Brett Hannon, managing director of Belmont Regency Group Ltd, in Derby, paid tribute to the couple.

He said: "Belmont Regency Group Ltd are dismayed to hear of the death of one of our founder directors, Carl Whiteley, and his wife Kathryn, when the plane he was piloting crashed into the English Channel on a flight from Northern France to Jersey this morning, Wednesday September 4, on his way back home.

"Our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time.

"Carl jointly founded the company in 1982 with myself and, apart from being business 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."

On his Linkedin page, Mr Whitely lists flying as one of his interests and states that he holds a multi engine instrument pilot licence.

The site adds that he has been director and senior financial adviser with Belmont Regency Ltd since January 1982.

He adds: "I have saved individuals and companies thousands of pounds each year in tax, just by understanding how their business works and adopting plans to maximise benefits."

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