Body of Missing Pilot Recoverd off Winchelsea Beach

17 August 2016, 17:00 | Updated: 17 August 2016, 18:21

The body of a pilot whose light aircraft crashed into the sea has been discovered inside the wreckage of the plane.

The plane was found on the sea floor along with the body of Simon Wells - more than a week after it crashed off Winchelsea beach, near Hastings, East Sussex.

Following a complex recovery operation, Sussex Police said the aircraft was largely intact and the body of 44-year-old Mr Wells, of Greatstone, Kent, was taken ashore at Rye.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Mr Wells at the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards-on-Sea proved inconclusive and further tests will now be conducted.

However, police said the death is not being treated as suspicious. An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned in the next few days.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: ``The family of the pilot have been kept informed of all developments.''

The plane was taken ashore to Newhaven. Investigators at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch now have responsibility for the aircraft, police said.