A private plane crashed after making odd route modifications and ignoring air-traffic control

A plane crashed into the sea after derailing and losing radio contact, resulting in the loss of four lives.
Several military aircraft were sent to chase the plane, which appeared to be an empty cockpit.
On Sunday evening, it crashed into the Baltic Sea near Latvia after running out of fuel.
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According to various reports, a private Cessna plane crashed in the Baltic Sea after flouting air traffic control and taking an undetermined course.

No survivors have been found till Monday. German and Swedish media identified them as 72-year-old German businessman Peter Griesemann, his wife Julian, their daughter Lisa and a male partner.

It was unknown what caused the plane to crash on Sunday in Latvian waters, hundreds of kilometers from its intended destination.

A Swedish official told Insider that no one was visible in the cockpit or cabin when the military jets were sent to investigate during the Cessna flight.

According to flight-tracking website Flightradar, at 2.56 p.m. local time on Sunday, a Cessna 551 took off from Jerez, Spain, en route to Cologne, Germany.

The German daily Bild said that shortly after departure, the aircraft reported cabin-pressure issues and lost contact with air traffic control shortly after exiting Spanish territory. (Build and Insider have the same parent corporation, Axl Springer.)

In a conversation with Insider, Lars Antonsson, a spokesman for the Swedish Maritime Administration, said that German, Danish and Swedish military planes chased the Cessna because it was flying erratically over their territory.

Antonsen said the jet was carried over Swedish airspace by a Coast Guard helicopter and two Swedish fighter jets. Antonsen said Swedish pilots were unable to see anyone in the Cessna’s controls or in the cabin, confirming what their German and Danish counterparts had told them.

According to Bild, just before 8 p.m. local time, the jet began to lose altitude and spiraled into Latvian waters near Ventspils.

According to Deutsche Welle, aviation-safety expert Hans Kajal told the Swedish news agency TT that the rapid pressure in the cabin could have lost the senses to the passengers and the pilot.

Thousands of people followed an unexpected path, tracking the jet’s journey on the flight-tracking website, tweeted investigative author Scott Stedman.

—Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) on Twitter

4 September 2022

Antonsen told the insider that search and rescue activities had been launched by Latvia, but as of midnight on Sunday, no one had been found. As of Monday morning, only debris and an oil slick were visible, according to the German publication Express.

According to the aviation website Airliners, the Cessna 551 is a type of small corporate jet with a minimum of ten seats.

According to an archived version of the company’s website, Griesemann founded the engineering company Griesemann Group.

The website, which was accessible as of late Sunday night local time, was inaccessible on Monday. The corporation did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.

According to Bild, Griesemann was also the honorary president of the Blue Sparks Carnival, a popular Cologne festival. Griesemann’s death was confirmed by its founder in a statement to the German news website Report-K.

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