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Plane vanishes off Irish coast minutes after take-off

Plane vanishes off Irish coast minutes after take-off

The search for a micro-light aircraft that went missing after leaving City of Derry Airport is due to continue today.

The Coastguard, assisted by the Dublin-based Rescue 116 helicopter, was searching until dark last night for the aircraft that has two people on board.

The plane was last seen near Cushendun in Co Antrim and was bound for Scotland.

The microlight left the airport, in Eglinton, Derry, at about 11:00 BST on Thursday.

The search of the North Channel was suspended due to fog.

Six coastguard rescue teams and two rescue helicopters were involved in the search.

Five lifeboats from Larne and Red Bay in Northern Ireland, as well as Portpatrick in Scotland, were deployed.

Police in Northern Ireland and Scotland have also been informed. The Dublin Coastguard Rescue 115 is to also join the search efforts.

Belfast Telegraph