A plane has crash landed into the Solent between Cowes and Calshot this afternoon (Sunday).
The light aircraft came down unexpectedly whilst flying West to East sometime before 15:00.
Calshot RNLI’s inshore lifeboats have been tasked to the scene but it is understood that nearby vessels have already pulled 2 people out of the water.
The duo’s condition is unknown, but they are thought to have survived.
HM Coastguard have confirmed they are dealing with the ongoing incident at Calshot Spit.
UPDATE @ 15:40 – Aviation enthusiasts have confirmed that the plane is a Cirrus SR22, which is understood to have left Dunkeswell Airfield in Exeter for Solent Airport at Lee-on-Solent at around 14:10 BST.
The aircraft appears to have been flying at around 1,600ft and at 130kts before suddenly losing altitude at 14:41, plummeting to 800ft before dropping off radar tracking.
Photos show that the plane’s Cirrus Airframe Parachute System- a type of parachute attached to the fuselage – was deployed successfully.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) will be informed of the crash and an investigation will be launched.
UPDATE @ 16:58 – HM Coastguard has issued a statement on the incident:
“At 2.43pm this afternoon, HM Coastguard received numerous reports that a light aircraft had ditched into the water off Calshot Spit on the Solent.
“It was confirmed two people were on-board the aircraft. Both people were able to climb out of the aircraft after it came down and were then rescued by a nearby vessel.
“Hamble independent lifeboat escorted both casualties to Hamble Lifeboat Station. Neither person required medical assistance and both were declared well by the South Central Ambulance Service. They also made contact with Hampshire Police at the lifeboat station.
“The aircraft is now beached at Calshot and Lymington Coastguard Rescue Team are securing it. The Air Accident Investigation Branch have been informed.
“Any possible pollution damage will be assessed and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Duty Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer has been informed”.