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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.

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