NewsSearch for crashed plane in the Baltic Sea continues

Search for crashed plane in the Baltic Sea continues

Created: 09/06/2022, 05:08 am

Privatflugzeug in die Ostsee gestürzt
The image provided by Flightradar24 shows the trajectory of the Cessna 551 before it crashed into the Baltic Sea. © Flightradar24/dpa

The odyssey of a private plane ends with the crash in front of Latvia. The search for the remains of the machine and the occupants is in full swing. Did a German family die as well?

Riga – After the mysterious crash of a plane in the Baltic Sea, the Latvian rescue workers continue their search for the crashed machine and the missing occupants. Today, drones are also used to search under water.

According to the authorities, four people were on board the Cessna 551 that crashed off the coast of Latvia. The identity of the passengers has not yet been officially confirmed. The systems engineering company Griesemann from Wesseling near Cologne announced on Monday evening that the four missing persons were the company founder Peter Griesemann, two family members and one other person.

No sign of the occupants

Ships of the Latvian Navy and the Border Guard are used for sea searches. A drone from the European Maritime Safety Agency was also involved in the work on Monday. According to the Latvian authorities, a total of eleven fragments of the crashed machine have been found so far. There is still no trace of the inmates.

The private plane, which was registered to an aviation company belonging to the Griesemann family, flew over the Baltic Sea on Sunday on its way from Jerez in southern Spain to Cologne. There it crashed into the sea off the coast west of the Latvian port of Ventspils in the evening. Communication with the Cessna 551 had been interrupted for a long time before the accident.

Griesemann is a medium-sized company in the Rhineland that claims to have more than 1,600 employees in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands and is active in lightning protection, among other things. The current company boss is the son of the founder, who retired in 2015. dpa

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