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Missing pilot (civilian) flew to Switzerland
« on: June 04, 2009, 08:22:04 »
Missing pilot flew to Switzerland

A light civilian aircraft which failed to arrive at its destination in Kent had been flown
to Switzerland. The missing two-seater plane had set off from Cambridge on Wednes-
day morning on the 100-mile trip to Lydd Airport, near Romney Marsh.

A search and rescue operation was launched after the plane last made contact near
the mouth of the River Medway at Sheerness at about 1100 BST. The RAF Rescue
Centre in Kinloss said the pilot had turned up safe and well. Spokesman Michael
Mulford said the pilot had been told to communicate with air traffic control when
he was back over dry land, but had failed to do so.

'Wild goose chase'

He said: "What he did in fact was take a left turn, to avoid what he said was an
incoming weather front, and he flew all the way to Switzerland and he landed
there. "A lot of people spent a lot of time on what at the end of the day proved
a wild goose chase." The pilot is believed to be a European national with a
Swiss address.

A coastguard helicopter and an RAF Sea King helicopter from Wattisham Airfield,
Suffolk, were scrambled on Wednesday to look for the plane, which was said to
be a VariEze, fixed wing, homebuilt aircraft.

'Very apologetic'

The Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) at RAF Kinloss called off the
search operation, which covered the Kent coast, the Isle of Grain and the Isle of
Sheppey, after seven hours. A "straight line" search was also carried out between
Sheerness and Lydd Airport.

Mr Mulford added that the pilot was "very apologetic". "His interpretation of the
rules is that he did not need to inform anyone."
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Re: Missing pilot (civilian) flew to Switzerland
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2009, 11:48:18 »
I guess some people can't handle their craving for Swiss Chocolate. ;D