Latvian rescue workers have found a total of 11 fragments of the ill-fated plane that mysteriously crashed into the Baltic Sea on Sunday. According to Latvian naval spokeswoman Liva Veita, 10 pieces of wreckage were discovered in the sea on Monday. One had already been found on Sunday, she told Latvian news agency Leta. There is no trace of the occupants yet.
The private plane had flown from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, to the German city of Cologne on Sunday when it drifted off course and crashed into the Baltic Sea off the coast of Latvia in the evening. During its flight, the aircraft also crossed Belgian airspace.
According to authorities, there were four people on board the Cessna 551. According to media reports, it could be a family from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
“Our embassy in Riga is in close contact with the Latvian authorities and is trying to clarify the facts,” the German Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
“There are currently active searches to recover the remains of this aircraft and most likely the deceased as well,” Aivis Vincevs of the Latvian Civil Aviation Authority told Latvian Radio. “Once this work is completed, an appropriate active investigation into the airborne accident will commence.”
It is not yet known which country will be responsible for the investigation into the accident, he said, as the plane crashed into the sea and sank in neutral waters.
Ships of the Latvian Navy and Border Guard search at sea. Furthermore, according to Veita, a drone from the European Maritime Safety Agency was also involved in the action.