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Small plane crashes into the Baltic Sea – many questions unanswered

Created: 05.09.2022 Updated: 9/5/2022 4:03 am

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The last known position of the Cessna with the registration OE-FGR – the Austrian-registered private jet crashed with four people on board over the Baltic Sea off the coast of Latvia. © Helmut Fohringer/APA/dpa

A small plane with four occupants crashes over the Baltic Sea. Before that, it made an ominous flight across half the continent. An international rescue mission is in action.

Riga/Cologne – After the crash of a small plane over the Baltic Sea, many questions remain unanswered. The private plane had flown over the Baltic Sea on its way from Spain to Cologne and crashed into the sea off the coast of Latvia. The Air Force confirmed the plane’s crash on Twitter on Sunday evening. Previously, all contact with the plane was broken off. According to “Bild” information, a pilot, a man, a woman and her daughter were on board.

The newspaper “El País” reported, citing Spanish sources familiar with the incident, from a German family who are said to have heard the machine – an elderly man, his wife, a daughter of the couple and a man her age. According to information from the Austrian news agency APA, the jet was registered in Austria and licensed to a German company.

What happened on board?

According to initial findings, the pilot may have lost consciousness. Aviation safety expert Hans Kjäll told Swedish news agency TT pressure problems could have caused passengers to lose consciousness. This can happen quickly, especially at altitudes where small aircraft are used.

The aircraft was a Cessna 551, as reported by the Swedish newspaper “Dagens Nyheter”. The machine flew beyond the island of Rügen, entered Swedish airspace, flew south of Gotland and continued its ghost flight towards the Gulf of Riga. Then she fell into the sea. Actually, the plane should have landed at Cologne-Bonn Airport in the early evening.

Contact broken

“Bild” reported that the machine reported pressure problems in the cabin after taking off from Jerez in southern Spain. Accordingly, contact with the ground broke off just behind the Iberian Peninsula. In the airspace over France, a squad from the French army took over, before a squad from Neuburg an der Donau and later from Rostock-Laage took off in German airspace.

In the evening there was a rescue mission with international forces. The head of the Latvian sea rescue coordination center said on Latvian television that searches were being coordinated and the area was being combed. dpa

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