Two die as micro-light plane disappears at sea

29th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 August 2005, CADIZ — The bodies of two men were found after a pleasure flight in a micro-light aircraft ended in tragedy when the aircraft disappeared at sea.

29 August 2005

CADIZ — The bodies of two men were found after a pleasure flight in a micro-light aircraft ended in tragedy when the aircraft disappeared at sea.

The plane crashed into the sea off Barbate, near Cadiz, in southern Spain on Sunday.

Specialised diving teams searched for both passengers and the aircraft.

The bodies of the men were found on Monday. 

Pieces of the aircraft, which was owned by a company based in Seville, have been found in the water.

Air traffic controllers said the plane left Seville airport at 11.30am on Sunday.

It was headed for Sancti Petri, in Chiclana de La Frontera, near Cadiz, but never arrived.

The two people on board were experienced air traffic controllers and friends of the owner of the company.

Meanwhile the pilot of a firefighting plane died on Sunday when the aircraft crashed while trying to put out a blaze in Mallorca, in Spain's Balearic Islands, officials said.

Enrique Carre Isas, 61, flying a small plane belonging to the Ibanat natural-resources agency, arrived shortly after the fire broke out in an area between the Gorg Blau and Cuber reservoirs, Balearic Islands regional government officials said.

A few minutes later, the plane crashed as the pilot tried to drop water on the fire.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Carre Isas was the third pilot killed this year while working to put out wildfires in Spain.

Firefighters and Ibanat personnel are working to put out the fire.

Two forest fires, meanwhile, were brought under control in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, both in Ourense province later on Sunday.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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