English Channel crash pilot named as Sascha Schornstein

Sascha Schornstein Sascha Schornstein was heading to France when his plane crashed

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The pilot of a light aircraft which came down in the English Channel has been named as a 36-year-old German man living in London.

The US-registered plane crashed about 15 miles (24km) off Dungeness in Kent on Sunday. No-one else was on board

British and French rescuers carried out an extensive search of the area but were unable to find Sascha Schornstein.

The plane had set off from Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire and was heading to Le Touquet in northern France.

'Missing person'

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a French helicopter found the wreckage of the plane on Sunday evening. The search for the pilot was later called off.

Sgt Andy Thomas, from Hampshire Police, said the force was conducting a missing person investigation and working with international police as part of its inquiries.

"I'm keeping an open mind as to what has happened to Mr Schornstein.

"We're releasing a picture of him in case he has been spotted since, or if anyone else has important information that can assist us," he said.

"We're also liaising with the Air Accident Investigation Branch, which has been looking into what caused the aircraft to come down, and a police family liaison officer is in contact with Mr Schornstein's wife to keep her updated."

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