A private Cessna 551 plane crashed on the Latvian coast in unclear circumstances on Sunday.The pilot reported a pressure problem in the cabin shortly after takeoff from the Spanish city of Jerez and then lost communications.Radar The plane then unusually circled over Paris and Cologne and headed for the Baltic Sea, where it crashed, according to the report. Rescuers have yet to find any human remains.
A Cessna 551 private plane crashed off the coast of Latvia on Sunday.Video: Reuters
The plane, whose owner is from Spain and has Austrian registration OE-FGR, was originally scheduled to land in Cologne, Germany, officials said. Shortly after the Iberian Peninsula, however, air traffic controllers were suddenly unable to establish contact with the crew. The plane then changed course and began a precarious maneuver over French and German territory. The scene was captured by his FlightRadar24 website.
According to Reuters, the emergency fighter took off from the NATO base immediately. According to the BBC’s servers, their pilot was unable to make contact with the missing machine, and there is supposedly no one in the cockpit. The plane continued north towards the Baltic Sea.
However, near the city of Ventspils in Latvia, he got caught in a corkscrew and crashed into the sea. According to rescue commander Lars Antsson, the plane ran out of fuel at that moment after several hours of flight. Paramedics from Latvia, Sweden and Lithuania have arrived at the scene of the accident.
unconsciousness of the crew
Rescuers found no human remains near the crashed machine, Reuters reports. “There is absolutely no explanation for this, we can only guess what happened,” Antsson told AFP. “But the crew obviously had no control over the machine,” he added.
According to German tabloid Bild, there were four people on board: the pilot, a man, a woman and a daughter. Some experts say the drop in pressure in the cabin, reported by the pilot shortly after takeoff, was probably behind the crash.
“And this can happen quickly, especially at altitudes where small aircraft fly,” says Hans Kjäll, an aviation safety expert at the Swedish agency TT.