The Cologne carnival scene mourns: The Cessna type 551 that crashed into the Baltic Sea on Sunday is said to have been flown by Peter Griesemann – honorary president of the carnival association Blauen Funken in Cologne.
This is reported by the “Express”. Griesemann was also an entrepreneur and head of the “Griesemann Group”, which also includes a charter company for private jets, the newspaper reports.
According to media reports, a 72-year-old entrepreneur from the Rhineland, his wife, his daughter and her partner were on board the Cessna.
There was initially no official information about the inmates. The Cologne police said they were “not involved”. When asked by the AFP news agency, the man’s group of companies said it was not currently making any statements.
Many questions are still open. The private plane had flown on Sunday from Spain to Cologne over the Baltic Sea and crashed into the sea off the coast of Latvia near the port of Ventspils.
The Air Force confirmed the plane’s crash on Twitter on Sunday evening. Previously, all contact with the plane was broken off.
According to information from the Austrian news agency APA, the jet was registered in Austria and licensed to a German company.
The plane crashed when “it ran out of fuel,” Swedish search and rescue chief Lars Antonsson told AFP. The people on board were “clearly” unable to react.
The “Bild” newspaper reported that the machine reported pressure problems in the cabin after taking off from Jerez in southern Spain. Accordingly, contact with the ground broke off just behind the Iberian Peninsula. In the airspace over France, a unit from the French army initially took over before being replaced by the Bundeswehr.
As a spokesman for the Air Force confirmed to the German Press Agency on Sunday evening, alarm squads consisting of two Eurofighters rose in German airspace to get an idea of the unusual flight behavior. According to media reports, a group from Neuburg an der Donau and later from Rostock-Laage rose first.
As reported by the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, when the Cessna 551 aircraft flew over the island of Rügen, it entered Swedish airspace, where it flew south of Gotland and further towards the Gulf of Riga and then crashed into the sea .