Crashed plane washes up on Brazilian beach
AN AIRCRAFT believed to be carrying two directors of a Huntingdon company was washed up on a Brazilian beach yesterday (Tuesday). As The Hunts Post went to press there was no confirmation that the bodies of the men — 46-year-old Alan Kempson and 52-year-o
AN AIRCRAFT believed to be carrying two directors of a Huntingdon company was washed up on a Brazilian beach yesterday (Tuesday).
As The Hunts Post went to press there was no confirmation that the bodies of the men - 46-year-old Alan Kempson and 52-year-old Nigel Hodges - were among the wreckage.
The businessmen are both senior figures in finance company Diamond Lifestyle Ltd, which is based at Hinchingbrooke Business Park in Huntingdon.
The duo were among four British businessmen on board a light aircraft operated by the Aero Star charter firm which vanished on Friday. Two pilots were also on board.
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The other British men on the plane, Sean Woodhall, 43, and Ricky Every, 41, work for Worldwide Destinations, which has a UK office on the Colmworth Business Park in St Neots.
It is believed Mr Kempson and Mr Hodges had been visiting a possible investment opportunity with Worldwide Destinations in Brazil.
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The twin-engine Cessna 310 plane took off from Salvador on Brazil's eastern coast, heading south to the coastal resort of Ilheus, 134 miles away. The plane made its final contact with air traffic control at 17.43 local time (21.43 BST) on Friday.
Rescue teams had been scouring the jungle in an area 20 miles north of Ilheus, where an eyewitness saw a plane flying unusually low. However, the discovery of a plane on the beach on Tuesday suggests the aircraft crashed at sea.
Following the beach find, a Foreign Office spokesman told The Hunts Post: "We've received reports from the Brazilian authorities that wreckage from a plane has been washed up on a beach 90-95kms north of the coastal city of Ilheus.
"The Brazilian Airforce has deployed a helicopter search and rescue team.
"We have informed the families of the missing persons, in Brazil and in the UK."
The men had originally been planning to make the journey by helicopter but switched to a plane due to adverse weather conditions.
Mr Kempson, who lived in Brampton and has a home in Butcher's Close, Alconbury Weston, is a friend of former Huntingdon MP and Prime Minister Sir John Major. He is married to his second wife Sandra and owns a villa in Marbella, Spain.
His parents Roland and Kathleen, and his first wife Susan, live in Hardwick. Mr Kempson said he has not told his wife, who has Parkinson's, of the disappearance of their son because he fears for her health.
Diamond Lifestyle has recently run into financial difficulties and reports suggest the firm, which ceased trading on the stock exchange at its own request last week, had been struggling to pay staff wages.
Mr Hodges, who lives in Somerset, is finance director and company secretary of Diamond Lifestyle.
Mr Every is understood to live in Brazil while Mr Woodhall, who lives in Switzerland, received an 18-month suspended jail sentence for a £250,000 fraud in 2001.
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