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2015.09.08 13:45

Missing Lithuanian plane found drowned in Baltic Sea, search for pilots continues

DELFI EN | The Lithuania Tribune2015.09.08 13:45

The Lithuanian airplane An-2, which went missing on Saturday with two pilots aboard, was discovered on the bottom of the Baltic Sea on Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of National Defence said, adding that the search for the pilots continues.

The Lithuanian airplane An-2, which went missing on Saturday with two pilots aboard, was discovered on the bottom of the Baltic Sea on Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of National Defence said, adding that the search for the pilots continues.

The aircraft was found 124m below the surface by the warship Kuršis of the Lithuanian Navy some 700m from the plane's last position reported by the Swedish air radar.

Inspection of the discovered ship by the Kuršis submarine robotic camera revealed that the side number was identical to the number of the missing aircraft.

Families of the two pilots have been notified of the discovery.

Efforts to locate the two missing pilots continue.

"The pilots were not inside the airplane, therefore, the search continues," Asta Galdikaitė of the Defence Ministry's public relations division told BNS.

The An-2 with two highly experienced pilots, Adolfas Mačiulis and Alvydas Selmistraitis, went missing en route from Sweden to Lithuania on Saturday afternoon.

BNS

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