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Plane crash false alarm triggers sea search off Furness coast
8:15pm Sunday 24th February 2013 in News
A MAJOR search operation was launched tonight after erroneous reports that a plane had crashed into the Irish Sea off the Furness Coast.
It was sparked after a group of golfers reported seeing a light aircraft in distress as it flew over Ulverston this afternoon.
An RAF helicopter, Cumbria Police, Walney Coastguard, Barrow RNLI inshore lifeboat and Ulverston Inshore Rescue were all scrambled.
And Flookburgh-based Bay Search and Rescue tweeted that they were also involved.
But emergency teams were stood down at around 7.30pm after a witness told police the plane in question was a microlight aircraft on a training exercise.