The passengers of a plane that crashed into the Mediterranean have hailed the pilot a hero after all those on board escaped alive. The light aircraft with six people on board came down in choppy waters off the west coast of Corsica.
The pilot managed to land the plane on the surface but it began sinking almost immediately. The pilot said he followed his training: “I concentrated on the plane and the trajectory and radio messages to the control tower, while my friend, the hostess, looked after passengers, getting their life jackets on and giving them advice, like not to inflate them before leaving the plane. She showed them the crash position for the impact, which was violent. We were under the water, the water flowed in and when the pressure equalised we were able to open the doors and make our way to the surface.” The Cessna plane was flying to Cannes from the south of Corsica when it went down for as yet unknown reasons. Those on board survived in chilly waters for more than six hours before they were finally located by a massive air and sea search operation. No one was seriously hurt, though all were treated for a range of minor injuries and hyperthermia.