Three of the people killed when their Cessna 303 light aircraft crashed in a field in the Bratislava borough of Vajnory at around 9:30 in the morning on December 10 were from Croatia, SLOVAKIA was told by Pavol Brat, head of the police investigation team.
"They probably flew here for a regular check, which pilots often carry out on our territory. The plane originated from Zagreb,” Brat said.
The bodies will be taken for autopsies after the site is searched. Investigator Ladislav Grell noted that analysing plane wreckage can take up to several months.
"From what we can see here, it's obvious that a vertical fall took place," he said, adding that this type of plane is not equipped with flight recorders.
According to estimates, the plane was carrying some 50 litres of fuel at the time of the accident. The wreckage is scattered over an area with a diameter of 100 metres, reaching the nearby Šurský canal and Lysý lake. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Dec 2007 at 7:00