A Cessna private plane crashed off the coast of Latvia on Sunday, Sweden’s rescue service said, after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) sent jets to follow its erratic path.
The Cessna 551, registered in Austria with the prefix OE-FGR, took off from Jerez, in southern Spain, from where it took off at 15:56 (Brasilia time) without a specific destination, according to the website FlightRadar24.
Then it headed towards the Baltic States, passing near the Swedish island of Gotland. At 20:37 (Brasília time), he was listed by the flight tracking website rapidly losing speed and altitude.
“We found that the plane crashed [in the ocean] northwest of the city of Ventspils, Latvia,” said a spokesperson for the Swedish rescue service. “Disappeared from the radar”.
A Lithuanian air force helicopter was sent to the crash site for a search and rescue operation at the request of neighboring Latvia, a Lithuanian Air Force spokesman said. The Swedish rescue service said they had reported that there was no one visible in control of the Cessna plane.
The jet was from NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission at Estonia’s Amari airfield, a Lithuanian Air Force spokesman told Reuters. The mission has four Eurofighter jets from the German Air Force, according to the organization.