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Last updated: 17 February 2019
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Time:20:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-310P Malibu
Owner/operator:Southern Aircraft Consultancy INC Trustee
Registration: N264DB
C/n / msn: 46-8408037
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, N of Alderney -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE/LFRS)
Destination airport:Cardiff-Wales Airport (CWL/EGFF)
The piston-engined aircraft with two occupants was reported missing over the waters of the English Channel north of Alderney.

The plane was flying at 5,000 ft, then requested 2,300 ft to ATC. The plane lost contact while at 2,300ft and disappeared off radar near the Casquets lighthouse, 8 miles (13km) north-west of Alderney.The contact was lost after this last communication.
The flight was conducted under visual flight rules (VFR, "V" in flight plan) which is unusual for a PA46 aircraft and what explains the low cruising altitude, also unusual for the pressurized, de-iced and turbocharged aircraft.

There are also reports that the Malibu was aborting it's take off three times before departing from Nantes.

Private research operations are still in progress in adverse weather conditions. Official research were stopped the 24-01-2019.

According to a statement/press release for the AAIB:

"On Monday night, a US-registered Piper PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft (registration N264DB) was lost from radar north of Guernsey. The aircraft was en route from Nantes, France to Cardiff, United Kingdom, with one pilot and one passenger on board.

In accordance with international protocols, the AAIB is investigating the loss of the aircraft. Since Tuesday morning, we have been working closely with international authorities including the US National Transportation Safety Board, the Bureau d’Enquêtes & d’Analyses (BEA) in France and the Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIACC) in Argentina.

We will be gathering all the available evidence to conduct a thorough investigation. However, if the aircraft is not found it is likely to limit the scope of the investigation."

At monday 28 january there were two cusions found near Surtainville on France's Cotentin Peninsula.

The 03-02-2019 the ship « FPV Morven » found the wreck of the aircraft ( 63 meters deep ). One body was found inside.

AAIB Update 3: 04-02-2019

Having identified a priority search area last week, the AAIB agreed a search strategy with Blue Water Recoveries Ltd to maximise the chance of locating the aircraft wreckage.

The AAIB commissioned specialist vessel Geo Ocean III and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd commissioned FPV Morven and the search area was divided between the vessels. Both vessels began their search on the morning of Sunday 3 February.

Early in the search, the Morven identified an object of interest on the seabed using its side-scan sonar equipment. It cleared the immediate area for the Geo Ocean III to use its underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to survey the area of the seabed in which the object was located. Based on analysis of ROV video footage, the AAIB investigators on board the vessel concluded that the object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, registration N264DB.

The ROV carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage.

Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.

The image shows the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration.

We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring.

07-02-2019 Dorset Police said: The body brought to Portland Port today has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.

Weather was reported at Jersey Airport by as:
SA21/01/2019 21:20->METAR EGJJ 212120Z AUTO 22015KT 9999 1400 FEW013///OVC028///07/05 Q1016 RERA=
SA21/01/2019 20:50->METAR EGJJ 212050Z AUTO 22015KT 9999 1200 R26/1200 BR SCT014///SCT018///BKN033///07/05 Q1016=
SA21/01/2019 20:20->METAR EGJJ 212020Z 22013KT 9999 R26/1400 SCT014 07/04 Q1017=

METAR/SPECI of LFRS, Nantes (France).

SA 21/01/2019 20:30->
METAR LFRS 212030Z AUTO 19003KT 5000 BR NSC M00/M02 Q1021
SA 21/01/2019 20:00->
METAR LFRS 212000Z AUTO 18005KT 6000 NSC 00/M02 Q1021 NOSIG=
SA 21/01/2019 19:30->
METAR LFRS 211930Z AUTO 23004KT 8000 NSC 01/M01 Q1021 NOSIG=
SA 21/01/2019 19:00->
METAR LFRS 211900Z AUTO 25003KT CAVOK 01/M02 Q1022 NOSIG=
SA 21/01/2019 18:30->
METAR LFRS 211830Z AUTO 26003KT CAVOK 01/M01 Q1022 NOSIG=
SA 21/01/2019 18:00->
METAR LFRS 211800Z AUTO 25003KT CAVOK 02/M01 Q1022 NOSIG=
SA 21/01/2019 17:30->
METAR LFRS 211730Z AUTO 27004KT CAVOK 03/M01 Q1022 NOSIG=



Data____________________ / (the trustee company)



Photo of N264DB at Coventry, 2017 (by Alec Wilson; CC:by-sa)

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