Fri, Oct 27, 2006
Witness Says Wing Separated Before Crash
It appears all four crewmembers
onboard a Swedish Coast Guard CASA 212 were lost Thursday, after
their plane went down in the sea off the southern coast of that
The Associated Press reports the aircraft went into a man-made
canal canal near Falsterbo, on the tip of Sweden's southwestern
coast. The plane sank before rescue boats could get to it,
according to sea rescue service spokesman Peter Lindquist.
A spokeswoman with the Coast Guard told Germany's Deutsche
Press-Agentur the crew was on a routine patrol flight, monitoring
fishing vessels and looking out for suspected oil spills when the
twin turboprop went down.
Witnesses told the Swedish news agency TT a wing separated from
the plane before it crashed, but rescue officials could not confirm
those reports. Others say the plane was flying at a very low
altitude before the accident.
The agency has grounded its two remaining CASA 212s, pending a
probe by the Swedish Accident Investigation Board. Authorities
planned an attempt to salvage the plane Friday.
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