Pilot and passenger plucked from the water after aircraft crashes

Pilot and passenger are saved by their plane’s emergency parachute and plucked alive from the water after crashing into the sea near Southampton

  • Coastguard said pair were found by nearby vessel at Calshot Spit, Southampton
  • The footage shows a large parachute attached to the back of the aircraft
  •  An emergency responder can be heard telling onlookers to ‘clear the beach’

A pilot and a passenger had to be rescued by the Coastguard after their light aircraft crashed into the sea in Southampton.

The coastguard said the pair – who were both onboard the aircraft – were found by a nearby vessel at Calshot Spit. 

A large parachute could be seen attached to the back of the wreckage, suggesting it was deployed when the aircraft got into trouble.


Two people had to be rescued by the coastguard after their aircraft (pictured) crashed into the sea in Southampton

The plane could be seen on the shore in Southampton. It lay belly-up and appeared to be washed up

An emergency responder can be heard telling onlookers to ‘clear the beach’ in video of the aftermath

An emergency responder can be heard telling onlookers to ‘clear the beach’ in footage of the aftermath. 

Retired Christine Hayball, 70, was on the beach at Calshot with her family when she spotted the aircraft ‘flying low like a stunt plane’.

She added: ‘Then there was a big bang, the parachute came out and the plane fell like a stone.

‘We had binoculars and once it hit the water we saw the pilot open the cockpity door and climb out so we knew they were ok. Then a little private boat picked them up.’ 

 An emergency responder can be heard telling onlookers to ‘clear the beach’ in footage

In a tweet on Sunday, the Coastguard wrote: ‘HM Coastguard is dealing with an ongoing incident at Calshot Spit, where we are aware that an aircraft went down into the water.

‘Two people were onboard the aircraft and both people have been rescued.

‘They were located by a nearby vessel.’

No details on the condition of the rescued people were given.

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