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Freak weather conditions saw pilots lose control and crash into English Channel

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Two pilots presumed dead after their plane crashed into the English Channel at 100mph lost control in dense tornado clouds, a report has found.

Lee Rogers and Brian Statham had taken off from Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, on the morning of April 2.

They were heading to Le Touquet, a seaside town in northern France, when their Piper Cherokee Arrow II lost radar contact before crashing into the sea.

Police said at the time the pair had lost control in "freak weather conditions" while on the fly-out with six other aircrafts from their flying club.

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