Air Search crew cheat death in crash-landing
Monday 4th November 2013, 12:00PM GMT.
FIVE local rescuers are ‘lucky to be alive’ after the Channel Islands Air Search aircraft crash-landed in Jersey last night while searching for two missing fishermen.
The Guernsey team ran away unhurt from the emergency landing just after 7.15pm yesterday evening, fearing the aircraft could burst into flames or explode.
The plane landed in woodlands at Devil’s Hole in St Mary, on the north coast of Jersey.
This morning, Air Search chief officer Colin Ferbrache said the pilot and crew were lucky to walk away unscathed.
The extent of the damage to its only aircraft was still to be assessed. ‘It was absolutely horrendous conditions at the time to land the aircraft safely,’ he said.
‘To get people out safely was quite an achievement. They all ran away from the aircraft on impact in case it had a fire. It was an amazing feat to land it away from the airport when conditions were so awful.’