Private jet crashes with 4 people on board in the Baltic Sea

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A private jet feared to have a family on board has crashed into the Baltic Sea after “rapidly losing altitude” off Lative, Spain.

NATO jets worked quickly trying to intercept the plane after observing an “erratic flight path” with “no one in the cockpit”, a Swedish rescue service spokesman said.

“We have learned that the plane crashed into the ocean, northwest of the town of Ventspils in Latvia. He disappeared from the radar

The Cessna plane had four people on board, a pilot, a woman, a man and their daughter, as German media Bild reported.

The Bild also reported that the pilot of the planes reported a cabin pressure problem shortly after takeoff and that authorities lost radio contact with the plane soon after.

Authorities also said the plane “ran out of fuel”, causing it to crash into the Baltic Sea.

The plane which took off from Jerez in the south of Spain, made two stops in Paris and Cologne before leaving again over the Baltic Sea. Information on the FlightRadar24 website indicates that the jet had not set a predetermined destination.

NATO fighter jets were sent from Estonia and followed the plane, a Lithuanian Air Force spokesman said.

When the plane was reached, no one was visible in the Cessna’s cockpit, the Swedish rescue service said.

Jets from Germany, Denmark and Sweden were called in to try to make contact with the aircraft as the aircraft continued to fly through northern Europe ‘but they saw no one “said Lars Antonsson of the Sea and Air Rescue Center of Sweden.

Sweden’s Maritime Administration sent rescue helicopters, boats and planes to the crash site, and the country’s coastguard confirmed the wreckage had been found, the Mirror reported.

Rescue efforts are underway, but officials have warned the chances of finding survivors are low.

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