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A search plane with five people on board has made an emergency landing, police said.

Jersey Police said they received a call from the Airport Fire Service and Coastguard, who reported issues with the Channel Island Air Search (CIAS) aircraft about 7.15pm.

All five people are uninjured and are with officers following the emergency landing in a field in St Mary, Jersey, police said.

The plane was one of several that were looking for two people in a dinghy reported missing off Jersey.

John Dowling, manager of The Priory Inn, said the five who were in the plane came into his pub with police after they had landed.

"No one was injured, everyone was all right and that's the main thing, isn't it?" he said.

"Of course they were shaken up.

"You would be too if you'd just crash landed a plane, wouldn't you?"

Jersey Coastguard spokesman Alan Donald said the search for the missing dinghy was being handed over to the better-resourced French Coastguard as the search area grew to more than 100 square miles.

Air and sea rescue vehicles were being sourced from other Channel Islands to help in the search also, he said.

Mr Donald said reports of two men missing in a dinghy came through just after 6pm.

The pair were headed towards Les Ecrehous reef, situated about halfway between Jersey and France, when they were reported missing.

Mr Donald said the five people on board the downed plane were all search and rescue crewman.

The two people missing in a dinghy have been found and a rescue operation is under way, the Jersey Coastguard has said.

A statement read: "The two missing men involved in this evening's incident at Les Ecrehous have been found.

"A rescue operation is currently underway and we will update as and when we have further information."

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