A small Cirrus SR20 aircraft has crashed over Croatia. Three people were killed. (Symbolic image) © Imago
Three people die in the crash of a small plane in Croatia. It is possible that the machine caught fire during the flight.
Karlovac/Munich – A small plane crashed in Croatia, killing three people. According to reports from the German Press Agency (dpa), the crashed small aircraft was registered in the Netherlands. The pilot and the two passengers could only be recovered dead.
The plane took off from Maribor, Slovenia, on Saturday (May 20, 2023) in the direction of the Croatian Adriatic town of Pula. For initially unclear reasons, it crashed in the Mali Makovnik forest area on Mount Kapela, about 90 kilometers southwest of the capital Zagreb as the crow flies.
Small plane crashed in Croatia: fuel on board is said to have ignited
It is possible that the fuel on board ignited during the flight, speculated the chief aviation inspector Danko Petrin. According to Croatian media, the bodies of the pilot and two passengers were found in the completely burned-out wreckage of the Cirrus SR20 aircraft.
What is a light aircraft?
Light or small aircraft are aircraft of different classes with low weight. These include single- and twin-engine powered aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 5.7 tonnes. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization's classification of airworthiness, aircraft with a take-off weight of more than 5.7 tons are considered large aircraft that require extensive certification.
Airplane accidents: People are dying more and more frequently in the crash of small aircraft
Just recently, a small aircraft crashed in Croatia. A small private plane with a German license plate crashed during takeoff at Pula Airport on March 31, 2023. Two people died.
In Switzerland, three people were killed in the crash of a small plane at the beginning of May. The pilot and the two passengers died in the accident near the municipality of Les Ponts-de-Martel, according to the police of the canton of Neuchâtel.
But also in Germany there are more and more accidents with small aircraft. A small plane crashed in the Bavarian Forest in March. The two occupants died. (hg/dpa)