Air traffic control has lost contact with a private Jet.
The Cessna 551 Citation II (reg. OE-FGR) seems to have crashed crash outside between Gotland (island in Sweden’s Baltic Sea) and Latvia.
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- UPDATE Body parts found in Baltic Sea Latvian officials say.
- UPDATE Latvian Navy has found wreckage in the area.
- UPDATE Three German Eurofighters and a Danish fighter jet were scrambled to intercept the ghost plane. Luftwaffe pilots assumed that the pilot and passengers died due to lack of oxygen.
- UPDATE A Swedish helicopter flew several hours but did not found any survivors or bodies, says Lars Antonsson at the Maritime and Air Rescue Centre.
- UPDATE According to reports the pilot reported a pressure problem just before ATC contact was lost. The Cessna 551 Citation II was flying at 36,000ft.
- UPDATE The Swedish ferry Stena URD has been asked to help at the impact site.
- UPDATE According to the Maritime and Air Rescue Centre, parts of the plane have been located.
- UPDATE The Latvian rescue service has taken over the case, but their helicopter has three hours left.
- UPDATE Danish Air Force says they could not identify anybody in the cockpit after intercepting the plane.
The Austrian-registered aircraft took off from Jerez, Spain at 14:55 on Sunday bound for Cologne. The flight path indicated the pilot was in full in control of the aircraft until it flew directly over the West German then it continued straight North towards the Baltic Sea.
According to sources, there were 4 on-board : the pilot, a man, a woman and her daughter.
Swedish coast guard’s helicopter approached the alleged crash site near the coast of Latvia.