Tributes to Newquay couple killed in plane crash
TRIBUTES have been paid to a couple killed in a plane crash who regularly holidayed at their second home in Newquay.
Carl Whiteley and his wife Kathryn were flying back from France in thick fog when their Cessna Crusader ditched five miles out to sea while on approach to Jersey airport at 10.20am on Wednesday.
A massive rescue operation was launched but police later confirmed there were no survivors.
Mr Whiteley's plane was registered to Perranporth Airfield, near the couple's holiday home in Pentire, Newquay, and was kept at East Midlands airport.
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The couple, who lived in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, with their two daughters, are thought to have chosen the property for its spectacular location, overlooking the Gannel Estuary.
Mark Potter, owner of the Offshore Hotel on Pentire Avenue, knew Mr Whiteley for 11 years.
He said: "I heard about the news a couple of hours afterwards; it was totally soul destroying. I was his best mate.
"I met him when he was down here looking for somewhere to buy and we just gelled. He probably spent more time here than he did in Derbyshire.
"He was the sort of guy that would go into a bar when it was quiet and it would suddenly liven up. He was one of life's givers and always had a smile on his face. People just warmed to him."
Mr Whiteley co-founded Belmont Regency financial advisors and insurance brokers in Derby 31 years ago.
Brett Hannon, managing director and Mr Whiteley's business partner, paid tribute to his colleague and friend.
He said: "The fondest memories will remain with myself and our staff of our dear-departed colleague."
The Whiteley's plane was heading for Jersey airport from Dinan in France at the time of the crash.
Police were called at 10.21am but no time has been given for when the aircraft lost radio contact. It is thought to be about 20 minutes before it was due to land.
Fifteen search and rescue vessels, the Channel Islands Airsearch, a UK rescue helicopter and a French rescue helicopter were scrambled to an area off St Ouen's Bay. Divers spent most of Wednesday searching for the wreckage.
Jersey police said: "Following a comprehensive search and rescue mission we now believe there were no survivors. The States of Jersey Police will now be working alongside the Air Accident Investigation Branch to establish what happened."