Pilot of crashed private plane near Latvia was prominent German businessman

Pilot of crashed private plane near Latvia was prominent German businessman
Pilot of crashed private plane near Latvia was prominent German businessman

The pilot of the private plane that crashed into the Baltic Sea near Latvia on Sunday evening was prominent German businessman Karl-Peter Griesemann. He was on board the plane with three others, Quick Air, the Cologne airline owned by Griesemann, confirmed to Reuters news agency. According to the German newspaper express he was accompanied by his wife, daughter and his daughter’s boyfriend. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

The Austrian-based Cessna 551 aircraft had taken off from the southern Spanish town of Jerez on Sunday afternoon. Shortly after departure, Griesemann reported air pressure problems in the cabin. Air traffic control then lost all contact with him – he may have passed out. The French authorities were alerted, after which two fighters set out to observe the aircraft. There was no one in the cockpit.

It was intended that the aircraft would land at Cologne-Bonn Airport a few hours after departure. Instead, it flew on until it ran out of fuel over the Baltic. The plane crashed into the water off the Latvian coast.

Several countries, including Lithuania and Sweden, have since come to the rescue of the Latvian authorities with rescue boats and planes. A wreckage and an oily stain were seen near the crash site. The four occupants have not yet been found.

Griesemann and his family have residences in both Jerez and Cologne and they commute between the two places by private jet, according to Spanish media. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Griesemann was a prominent figure within the Cologne carnival world.

The article is in Dutch

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