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Bodies found in crashed aircraft
Plane wreckage
The aircraft wreckage was recovered from the sea
Two bodies have been found by the recovery team searching for the occupants of a light aircraft which crashed off the Lancashire coast.

Police said the bodies were found in the fuselage of the plane, which crashed off the Fylde coast near Blackpool on Saturday night.

An investigation is under way into the cause of the accident.

The plane crashed as it approached the airport. The pilot and passenger are believed to be from the Fylde area.

Lancashire Police said the wreckage was recovered early on Sunday morning off South Shore by a team of coastguards, police and council workers.

It was lifted from the beach by a JCB and taken away for the Air Accident Investigation Branch to inspect.

The bodies were found in the wreckage, but the victims have not yet been named by police.

Plane wreckage
The bodies were found with the fuselage of the plane

The aircraft, thought to be a Warrior PA28, lost radio contact with air traffic control on Saturday evening.

Blackpool RNLI spokesman said the rescue was hampered by fog.

Six lifeboats took part in the sea search, while two coastguard teams searched the shoreline with police.

The PA28 is a four-seater light aircraft often used for pilot training or private travel.

The single-engine aircraft has a 35ft (10.6m) wingspan, is capable of speeds of up to 146mph and has a range of 736 miles (1,185km).


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