Parts of crashed plane's body and personal belongings of deceased have been identified in seabed with help of robot

  • 2022-09-08
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - On Wednesday, with the help of a Navy robot, the body of the plane that crashed on Sunday and personal belongings of the deceased were recognized at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, Liva Veita, a public relations specialist of the Latvian Navy, told LETA.

Body parts of the deceased were not found on Wednesday.

The footage filmed by the robot has been handed over to the competent authorities to decide on further actions. The search operation by the Navy has been completed, however, the Navy may become more involved in the future if requested by the relevant authorities.

Anita Skinuma, Director of the Latvian Transport Accident Investigation Bureau, told LETA that the further investigation of the plane crash has been completely taken over by the German Accident Investigation Bureau.

"We now will serve as a support point from Latvia, but all further information will come Germany," she said.

As reported, a small plane crashed in the Baltic Sea near Ventspils Sunday evening, rescuers have so far found body parts pf the deceased.

Rescuers so far have found pieces of wreckage of the small passenger plane, as well as the wreckage itself on the seabed.

Spanish newspaper El Pais reported that the plane belonged to a German family.

REUTERS reported that the Austrian-registered Cessna 551 aircraft was flying from Jerez in southern Spain. The plane was supposed to land in Cologne- Bonn airport on Sunday evening.

It turned twice, at Paris and Cologne, before heading straight out over the Baltic, passing near the Swedish island of Gotland. At 8:37 p.m. it was listed on the flight tracker as rapidly losing speed and altitude.