A tourist plane disappeared at sea on Saturday between France and England, with two people on board. The search was still underway on Sunday to find him.
The aircraft, type P28, left Saturday from Wellesbourne (United Kingdom) to the French seaside resort of Le Touquet (Pas-de-Calais), said the maritime prefecture. The machine registered in Great Britain, flew in company of five other planes of tourism within the framework of a common exit, specified the prefecture of Pas-de-Calais.
Its last known position was in the middle of the English Channel, 25 miles (45 km) off Dungeness in the far south-east of England, the British Coast Guard said in a statement.
Searches by air and sea
Significant French and British research resources were deployed on Saturday, in vain.
On Sunday, the search resumed with a French helicopter and the Abeille Languedoc rescue boat, chartered by the French Navy, as well as a British coastguard plane.
The many commercial ships circulating in the area have been contacted, but no debris has been found for the moment, nor any testimony on the fall of the plane, added the maritime prefecture.