Survivors of a plane crash in the Mediterranean Sea say they have had a miraculous escape.
The six people on board the small aircraft managed to scramble out of the cabin as it filled with water off the coast of Corsica. They survived in chilly and choppy waters for more than six hours as a massive air and sea search tried to locate them. None of the four men and two were seriously injured. They spoke of their ordeal from their hospital beds on the French island. One madn said: “The pilot tried a sea-landing and he did really well to carry it off. We already had our life jackets on and our seatbelts unfastened so we could get out quickly. Mentally, the hardest thing was that the coast wasn’t far, but we just couldn’t get there.” One of the women said:“The plane started to sink immediately. The water filled the cockpit and the plane sank.” Doctors agreed they had had a very luck escape. One of those treating them said: “Their general state is pretty good, given that they spent so many hours in the sea, with a swell of eight metres and water that really wasn’t very warm.” The disappearance of the Cesna plane yesterday afternoon sparked a rescue operation involving naval and fishings backed up by helicopters and search planes. The aircraft was flying to Cannes from the south of Corsica when it went down. The cause is not known yet.