On a return flight from Croatia: four dead when a German plane crashed

A Cessna is on its way home from Split, Croatia, to Leverkusen when it disappears from radar.

On a return flight from Croatia: four dead when a German plane crashed

A Cessna is on its way home from Split, Croatia, to Leverkusen when it disappears from radar. A day later it is clear: the small plane had an accident. The pilot and three passengers are killed.

The pilot and three passengers died when a German small plane crashed in Croatia. This was confirmed by the director general of Croatian civil protection, Damir Trut, and the Bayer Leverkusen air sports club, to which the pilot belonged. The Cessna machine disappeared from radar screens on the return flight from Split, Croatia, to Leverkusen on Sunday afternoon for unknown reasons.

Croatian search teams discovered the wreck on Monday morning. It was found with the help of a drone in a very inaccessible area near Slunj, about 100 kilometers south of Zagreb. The Croatian authorities had previously searched intensively for the plane with around 400 emergency services. The terrain at the alleged crash site is very impassable. In addition, according to the reports, bad weather had made the search work more difficult.

The chairman of the Leverkusen Aviation Club, Reinhard Sablowski, was shocked. "We hoped and feared with the pilot's family, gave each other courage and hope in the community of the air sports club. Now our worst fears have been confirmed," he said. The German air traffic control search and rescue service reported the disappearance of the Cessna to the air sports club around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The machine had previously started in Leverkusen on Thursday for Croatia. The pilot was a very experienced pilot, a "very valued, popular and committed member" of the club, the club said. The three passengers were acquaintances of the pilot.

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