Discovery of body backs suicide theory in crash

26th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 July 2005, BERLIN - Evidence mounted Monday that last week's crash of a biplane on a lawn between Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's office building and the German parliament was a suicide with no terrorist aspects to it.

26 July 2005

BERLIN - Evidence mounted Monday that last week's crash of a biplane on a lawn between Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's office building and the German parliament was a suicide with no terrorist aspects to it.

German police, who had been questioning the 39-year-old pilot about his wife's disappearance before his plane slammed into the ground, said they had found a woman's body under a pile of coal on a property east of Berlin belonging to the man.

The wife, 36, had been missing for a week and the husband was under suspicion of homicide. The body was to be identified Tuesday.

The couple, who had two children, were believed to have quarrelled. Police said they had also ruled out a technical failure in the plane or a heart attack while the man was flying over Berlin on Friday evening.

German authorities are considering closing central Berlin airspace to private planes after the incident.

DPA

Subject: German news

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