A personal jet with 4 individuals on board crashed into the Baltic Sea off Latvia after flying midway throughout Europe from Spain with out responding to calls from air-traffic controllers on Sunday.
On board was Karl-Peter Giesemann, a outstanding German businessman, and his household, a spokesman for his firm, Fast Air, a Cologne-based air constitution firm, advised reporters.
The Cessna 551 took off from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain at 2:56 p.m. native time. Its vacation spot was Cologne.
As a substitute of touchdown at its vacation spot, the Austrian-registered plane continued previous Flughafen Köln/Bonn Konrad Adenauer.
Fighter jets from Germany, Denmark, and Sweden had been scrambled to try contact with the airplane’s pilots because it continued to fly throughout northern Europe, “however they noticed nobody,” Swedish search and rescue operation chief Lars Antonsson advised AFP.
The airplane flew over Swedish airspace earlier than crashing into the Baltic Sea off Ventspils simply earlier than 8:00 p.m. native time. It apparently crashed when it ran out of gas, officers stated.
The Cologne newspaper Categorical stated that Griesemann was the pilot, including that he had been accompanied by his spouse, daughter, and daughter’s boyfriend. Whereas search-and-rescue groups positioned a minimum of three elements of the plane, they reported that no human stays had been discovered.
Griesemann was a outstanding determine in Cologne, the most important metropolis in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Along with his enterprise operations, he was identified for enjoying a significant function within the Kölner Karneval, the town’s annual carnival celebration that takes place in earnest earlier than the beginning of Lent.
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