A jet flies over Europe without radio contact and crashes into the sea escorted by fighters

A jet flies over Europe without radio contact and crashes into the sea escorted by fighters

A jet flies over Europe without radio contact and crashes into the sea escorted by fighters

An 8-seat twin-engine plane from Spain crashed in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Latvia on Sunday after a long absence of radio contact, the French air force said in a statement.

The aircraft, a CESSNA 551 registered in Austria, coming from Jerez in Spain, was escorted by the French and then German air police as it passed through Belgian, Luxembourgish and then German airspace.

Passengers on board?

“According to the flight manifest, the plane, a Cessna 551, was carrying 4 passengers” and “was on a flight from Spain to Cologne (Germany) but when it changed course during the flight, the air freight forwarders were no longer able to to contact him, “the Latvian aviation agency said.

The nationalities of the four people on board were not disclosed.

“We have no explanation, we can only speculate,” said Swedish rescue chief Lars Antonsson. “But on board, they were clearly unable” to react.

Pressure problem?

Alerted by the Spanish authorities for probable difficulties in pressurizing the aircraft, the Lyon Mont Verdun National Air Operations Center (CNOA) ordered take-off by alerting a Rafalebut radio contact attempts were unsuccessful And eye contact revealed no activity in the cockpitDetails the Air Force.

In Germany, on approach to Cologne, a Lutwaffe Eurofighter took over to monitor the plane.

The CESSNA continued its route beyond Cologne, then crashed into the Baltic Sea off the Latvian coast at around 7.45pm.Continues the statement.

An investigation should shed light on the causes of the accident.

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