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Baltic Sea plane crash: What happened after the last radio message

2022-11-30T09:15:58.268Z

Baltic Sea plane crash: What happened after the last radio message Created: 11/30/2022, 10:10 am By: Mick Oberbusch The Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation has published a new interim report on Peter Griesemann's plane crash over the Baltic Sea. Cologne – It was actually supposed to be a relaxed flight from Spain to Germany – but it ended in tragedy for the family of Peter Griese



Baltic Sea plane crash: What happened after the last radio message

Created: 11/30/2022, 10:10 am

By: Mick Oberbusch

The Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation has published a new interim report on Peter Griesemann's plane crash over the Baltic Sea.

Cologne – It was actually supposed to be a relaxed flight from Spain to Germany – but it ended in tragedy for the family of Peter Griesemann, honorary president of the “Blaue Funken” carnival association.

Because when the 72-year-old took off in his Cessna plane from Jerez (Spain) in the direction of Cologne-Bonn Airport on September 4, 2022, no one suspected that this trip would cost the lives of three passengers around 45 minutes later.

In Cologne, Griesemann's homeland, this tragic accident still causes grief months later, and his funeral in Cologne Cathedral attracted hundreds of people.

Many questions about the Cessna accident in September 2022 were unanswered for a long time - but now the new interim report of the Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation sheds light on the matter.

And lets you see how the people on board experienced their last hours and minutes.

Plane crash over the Baltic Sea

date

September 4, 2022, crash at 7:45 p.m. German time

machine

Cessna 551 with the registration "OE-FGR"

people on board

4

Baltic Sea plane crash: How Peter Griesemann experienced the last few minutes

Chronicle of the tragic crash on September 4, 2022: The last minutes in the Cessna 551

 2:57 p.m. (German time):

The aircraft takes off on runway 20 of Jerez Airport in Spain for a private flight to Cologne-Bonn Airport.

 15:30:

The aircraft reaches the planned cruising altitude.

► 

3:30:26 p.m.:

The pilot reports to Spanish air traffic control and wishes them a nice good afternoon, everything is still fine.

15:42:14:

The pilot reports to the controller and reports a problem with the air conditioning;

requests immediate descent.

When asked, the pilot replies: "We have a problem with the air conditioning, eh, loss of pressure".

Meanwhile, clear background noise can be heard.

► 15:42:46 hrs:

The controller asks the pilot to confirm his descent request again.

However, the pilot no longer responds to this.

Subsequent radio calls were also unsuccessful.

► 16:06:55:

Spanish air traffic control radios the sector of the French air traffic control area in Bordeaux and reports that radio contact with the Cessna has been lost.

► 4:16:23 p.m.:

The Cessna 551 enters French airspace.

Fighter planes are alerted and fly after the machine.

At 16:22:00 one of the alerted aircraft reached Griesemann's plane, which was flying at a constant altitude in a north-easterly direction.

The observing pilots discover him “incapacitated” in his seat, with an unused oxygen mask dangling next to him.

► 5:43 p.m.:

At the Luxembourg-German border, the aircraft turns north and then turns northeast towards the destination airport Cologne/Bonn.

South of Euskirchen, the plane turns and continues to fly in a north-easterly direction.

► 6:50 p.m.:

The aircraft leaves German airspace and is then accompanied by Danish and Swedish alarm squads and finally by pilots from a NATO alarm squad stationed in Estonia.

All Anfunk attempts have been failing for hours.

► 7:30 p.m.:

The Cessna 551 begins a descent.

► 19:45:

After a spiral descent, the machine crashes into the Baltic Sea.

Tragic plane crash involving Peter Griesemann - loss of pressure at 15:42

Peter Griesemann, Honorary President of the Blue Sparks, died in a Cessna plane crash over the Baltic Sea on September 4, 2022 (IDZRW assembly).

© Jürgen Hellbig/dpa & Helmut Fohringer/dpa

Shortly after take-off from Spain at around 3 p.m. everything was fine until at 3:42 p.m. and 14 seconds pilot Griesemann reported to a controller and reported a problem with the air conditioning on board.

He requests an immediate descent, and a short time later reports with the words "We have problems with pressure loss".

It is the last announcement that reaches the air traffic controller on the ground - after that he receives no more answers to questions, reports 24RHEIN.

Fighter plane flies after Peter Griesemann's Cessna - pilot sits "incapacitated" at the controls

However, the Cessna does not crash immediately.

At 4:16 p.m. and 23 seconds, the aircraft entered French airspace, whereupon an alerted fighter aircraft made its way to the report, “continuing to fly at a constant altitude in a north-easterly direction, the Cessna 551”.

The fighter plane reached Griesemann's plane at 16:22 and initially observed the whole thing from close up.

The pilot saw Griesemann “incapacitated” in his seat, an unused oxygen mask dangling from the ceiling.

The machine has no external damage at this time.

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Peter Griesemann: Pilot of the crashed Cessna and former Funken President

► He was President of the Blue Sparks from 2014 to 2018.

► From 2000 to 2014 he was Senate President of the Traditional Corps.

► Most recently, he was appointed Honorary President of the Carnival Society.

► Griesemann also campaigned for the expansion of the Funken Tower in Cologne and was a board member of the festival committee.

Plane crash over the Baltic Sea – at 6:50 p.m. the machine left German airspace

At the Luxembourg border, the aircraft turns north and turns northeast at 17:43, towards Cologne/Bonn Airport.

South of Euskirchen the aircraft turns again and flies in a northeasterly direction.

A German Air Force alarm squad, which had been launched minutes earlier, has now also arrived at the Cessna and will accompany the machine until it leaves German airspace at 6:50 p.m.

She is then accompanied by Danish and Swedish alarm squads and a NATO alarm squad stationed in Estonia.

Tragic plane crash over the Baltic Sea - information on the crashed Cessna

  • Manufacturer

    : Textron Aviation

  • Pattern

    : Cessna 551

  • Factory number

    : 551-0021

  • Empty mass

    : 3705 kilograms

  • Maximum take-off weight

    : 5670 kg

  • Year

    of manufacture : 1979

  • Total operating time

    : about 8000 hours

  • Engines

    : 2 Pratt & Whitney of Canada, JT 15D-4

At 7:30 p.m., the aircraft finally begins a descent.

At 19:32 it entered Latvian airspace and exactly four minutes later the aircraft began to turn to the right in an easterly direction.

At 7:40 p.m. the plane turns left before entering a spiral flight path – and crashing into the Baltic Sea at 7:45 p.m. German time and 8:45 p.m. Latvian local time.

And especially in Cologne leaves great sadness.

(mo)

Source: merkur

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