Jersey

Cause of air crash in which Jersey man died not known

Alex de Gruchy
Image caption Alex de Gruchy is understood to have been the only person aboard the Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane

It is still not known what caused an air crash in which a Jersey man died.

An inquest has heard that a body found off the coast of Cherbourg, in November 2008, was Alexander de Gruchy from St Helier.

The 25-year-old's private light aircraft disappeared off the radars on its way from a Kent airfield to Jersey Aero Club.

Mr de Gruchy, whose family run De Gruchy's Funeral Services, died from multiple injuries.

He is understood to have been the only person aboard the 8m (26ft) long Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane, which was heading to Jersey Aero Club.

Jersey air traffic control lost radar contact with Mr De Gruchy's aircraft at about 1730 GMT on Sunday 16 November 2008.

Mr de Gruchy was flying from Biggin Hill Airfield to Jersey Aero Club.

A helicopter from RAF Chivenor in Devon joined rescue services from Guernsey, French maritime police and the French navy in the search for his plane.

Four passenger ferries also initially helped in the operation.

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