Norderney Island (archive image)
Photo: JOERG SARBACH / AP
As the police in Aurich and the German Society for Rescue of Shipwrecked People (DGzRS) announced on Monday, the 65-year-old pilot of a Cessna crashed near Norderney and died in the process.
The man had therefore started on the East Frisian island of Borkum and dropped parachutists over the island of Norderney.
They landed according to the information according to plan.
After that, the plane should also have landed on Norderney.
But for a previously unknown cause, it crashed into the Wadden Sea at around 1 p.m. between the island and the mainland.
A witness observed the accident and informed the rescue control center.
A rescue helicopter and several rescue boats were involved in the rescue operation.
Two civilian ships tried to secure the Cessna with a rope.
Unfortunately, any help came too late for the pilot on the plane, it said.
The Aurich Police Inspectorate and the Federal Aircraft Accident Investigation Office investigated the cause of the accident.
At the time of the crash, there were weak winds from the south and a water temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.
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