Four presumed dead after private jet ‘carrying family’ crashes in Baltic Sea

Four people have died after a private jet ‘carrying a family’ crashed into the Baltic Sea after ‘rapidly losing altitude’ off the Latvian coast – prompting NATO to scramble the jets

  • NATO planes rushed to intercept a private jet before it crashed into the Baltic Sea
  • The Swedish rescue service said there was no one visible in the plane’s cockpit
  • The death of four people is feared, the plane would have “transported a family”
  • The private plane began to ‘rapidly lose altitude’ on its flight from Spain

Four people are feared dead after a private jet ‘carrying a family’ crashed into the Baltic Sea after ‘rapidly losing altitude’ off the Latvian coast.

NATO planes rushed to intercept the plane carrying four people before it crashed into the sea this evening after taking off from Spain.

A private Cessna plane has crashed in the Baltic Sea, Swedish rescue services said, after an erratic flight path with no one visible in the cockpit.

It is understood that four people were on board, according to information from the German news site Bild.

They are said to be the pilot, along with a man, woman and their daughter, with rescue efforts underway.

Officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors in the accident are low.

The Austrian-registered Cessna 551 aircraft was flying from Jerez in southern Spain. File Picture

The plane circled twice, in Paris and Cologne, before heading directly over the Baltic, passing close to the Swedish island of Gotland.

The plane circled twice, in Paris and Cologne, before heading directly over the Baltic, passing close to the Swedish island of Gotland.

The Austrian-registered Cessna 551 plane was flying from Jerez in southern Spain, from where it took off just before 2 p.m. with no set destination, according to the FlightRadar24 website.

The plane circled twice, in Paris and Cologne, before returning straight over the Baltic, passing near the Swedish island of Gotland.

Just after 6:30 p.m. it was listed on the flight tracker as rapidly losing airspeed and altitude.

“We learned that the plane crashed (into the ocean) northwest of the town of Ventspils in Latvia,” said a spokesman for the Swedish rescue services.

“He disappeared from the radar.”

The Swedish Maritime Administration has sent rescue boats, planes and a helicopter to the crash site, with the country’s coast guard confirming the wreckage has been found, the Mirror reported.

Lars Antonsson, from the Swedish Sea and Air Rescue Centre, said his chances of finding survivors of the crash were “minimal”.

The German news site reported that the pilot of the plane reported a cabin pressure issue shortly after takeoff.

A Lithuanian Air Force helicopter was dispatched to the crash site for search and rescue at the request of neighboring Latvia, a Lithuanian Air Force spokesman said. .

NATO fighter jets took off from Estonia to follow the plane, a Lithuanian Air Force spokesman said.  File image of an American fighter jet

NATO fighter jets took off from Estonia to follow the plane, a Lithuanian Air Force spokesman said. File image of an American fighter jet

Earlier, NATO fighter jets took off from Estonia to follow the plane, a Lithuanian Air Force spokesman said.

The Swedish rescue service said it reported no one was visible in the Cessna’s cockpit.

The fighter jet belonged to NATO’s Baltic Air Police Mission at Amari Airfield in Estonia, the Lithuanian Air Force spokesman confirmed.

The mission at the air base currently consists of four German Air Force Eurofighter aircraft, according to NATO. The spokesperson did not specify the number of jets or comment further.

Spokespersons for Latvia’s air traffic control and rescue services were not immediately available.

The Austrian-registered plane took off from Jerez, Spain, on Sunday afternoon

The Austrian-registered plane took off from Jerez, Spain, on Sunday afternoon

The Swedish rescue service said it reported no one was visible in the Cessna’s cockpit. Pictured is the plane’s flight path before it crashed into the Baltic Sea

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