This was reported in Reuters.
It is noted that the plane, registered to a private Austrian company, took off from the city of Jerez in southern Spain and twice changed course over Paris and Cologne and headed towards the Baltic Sea.
At 17:37 GMT (19:37 Kyiv time), it was spotted by the FlightRadar24 system as rapidly losing altitude. The plane then disappeared from radar and crashed west of the city of Ventspils in Latvia.
German and Danish fighter jets went to intercept the plane when it flew through their airspace. However, it was not possible to get in touch, as the pilots of combat aviation noticed the absence of a pilot in the cabin of a private vessel.
According to preliminary data, a man, a woman and one other person were in the cabin of the plane. A search and rescue operation is currently underway at the scene of the accident. The reasons for the plane crash are not specified.
- On July 30, information appeared on the NATO website that the skies of the Baltic countries will be under the protection of fighter jets from Germany, Hungary and Italy. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, NATO further increased air patrols in the eastern part of the Alliance by adding additional aircraft.
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