Friday, November 01, 2013

Cessna T303 Crusader, T303 Inc Trustees, N289CW: Fatal accident occurred September 04, 2013 W off St. Ouen, Jersey, Channel Islands - United Kingdom

Carl and Kathryn Whiteley died when the plane he was piloting crashed into the sea off the Jersey coast. 

 Carl Whiteley pictured beside his Cessna T303 Crusader (N289CW) aircraft during a visit to Guernsey Airport

A memorial service for a Derbyshire couple who died in a plane crash took place today.

Carl and Kathryn Whiteley died when the plane he was piloting crashed into the sea off the Jersey coast.

The service took place in St Wilfrid's Church in the couple's home village of West Hallam.

Sarah Chatburn, one of the Whiteleys' two daughters, said the service was a celebration of life.

The couple were on their way home from a holiday when their Cessna T303 Crusader aircraft ditched five miles out to sea, in thick fog on September 4.

Hundreds of people packed into the small church for the memorial service with mourners spilling out of the doors.

Sarah gave an emotional reading about her parents on behalf of her and her sister Gillian.

She said: "Mum and dad bought us up to be strong and it is a good job given the way that they have left us.

"We have no idea why they were taken from us in the manner they were.

"It always seems like the good people that are snatched from us first in life so early. But then somebody said to me that heaven needs the really good people too.

"Maybe there was a vacancy up there for a caring mother. And for dad there must have course been a vacancy for a wind-up merchant.

"The morning of the fourth of September was a day that we heard the news that nobody should have to hear and nobody should have to find the words to say.

"My whole world crumbled beneath me. At that point I didn't know how up get through the next hour let alone the rest of my life.

"There will not be a day that goes by when we don't think of you and while you are gone from here we know that you will always be with us looking after us."

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