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A SEARCH and rescue operation has been launched after an aircraft which set off from Marshall Airport in Cambridge went missing.
The “Long Easy” aircraft, a plastic, home-built two-seater plane, took off this morning (weds) and was heading for Lydd Airport, near Romney Marsh, Kent.
It is owned and flown by a Swiss pilot, who stopped at Cambridge just to refuel.
The pilot was believed to be alone in the aircraft.
He was last heard from near the mouth of the River Medway at Sheerness at about 11am.
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. 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.
Mr Mulford added that the pilot was "very apologetic".