BERLIN (Reuters) – A non-public jet that crashed into the Baltic Sea off Latvia after flying half means throughout Europe from Spain with out responding to controllers’ calls belonged to German businessman Georg Griesemann, his firm, Fast Air, mentioned on Monday.
The jet, an Austria-registered Cessna 551, left Jerez in southern Spain on Sunday afternoon, turning at Paris and Cologne earlier than flying straight out to the Baltic Sea, the place it spiralled into the water east of Gotland, flight monitoring knowledge confirmed.
“I can affirm that it was the non-public jet of our proprietor, Georg Griesemann,” mentioned a spokesperson for Fast Air, an air constitution firm primarily based in Cologne.
He declined to verify a report in Cologne newspaper Specific that Griesemann was the pilot and that he was accompanied by his spouse, daughter and his daughter’s boyfriend.
The reason for the crash just isn’t but identified.
Plane from a number of international locations and a passenger ferry headed to the crash web site on Sunday night to help within the rescue operation.
A wreck, a concentrated waste patch and an oil-like slick had been noticed close to the crash web site, Latvian search and rescue head Peteris Subbota advised Latvian tv, including that no passengers had been discovered.
German and Danish warplanes had been despatched as much as observe the plane because it flew blind over northern Europe on Sunday afternoon however had been unable to identify anyone on board.
Griesemann has been a distinguished determine in Cologne, the biggest metropolis in western Germany, taking part in a task within the deeply Catholic metropolis’s annual carnival celebrations.