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Jersey plane crash inquest coroner cites fog

Carl Whiteley Image copyright Belmont Regency Group Ltd/PA Wire
Image caption Carl Whiteley and his wife were returning from holiday when their plane crashed

A Derbyshire couple who died when their plane crashed off Jersey's coast were probably disorientated by fog, an inquest has heard.

Carl and Kathryn Whiteley were killed on 4 September 2013 when their Cessna light aircraft came down on approach to Jersey airport.

During Friday's hearing the coroner, Advocate Mark Harris, agreed with air accident investigators' findings.

He said Mr Whiteley was an experienced and responsible pilot.

The couple's daughters, who were at the inquest with their partners, said they had learned nothing new but were grateful to Jersey's authorities.

The couple, of West Hallam, Derbyshire, were believed to have been returning from holiday in France.

Mr Whiteley, 56, who was piloting, was a founder-director at Derby-based finance firm Belmont Regency Group. Mrs Whitley, 55, was the only passenger.

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