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Private plane crashes near Cēsis; one casualty

On Sunday, a private aircraft crashed near Cēsis, according to the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA), Latvian Television reported August 8.

Two Lithuanian citizens were aboard the plane. The pilot died as a result of the crash and the passenger was taken to the hospital with injuries.

The aircraft was on its way from a retro aviation parade in Estonia and had stopped at the Priekuļi airfield for fuel. The aircraft crashed on takeoff. The State Fire and Rescue Service received the call to the scene at 13:25. The rescuers found that one man had escaped from the plane, and the other was helped by the rescuers but they failed to save his life.

Information at the disposal of the CAA shows that the aircraft had arrived from Tartu in Estonia and landed in Latvia to fill up fuel. No technical problems with the operation of the aircraft were observed during the landing.

Following the technical landing, the aircraft took off to continue its flight to Biržai in Lithuania, but technical problems with the engine were observed during the takeoff at approximately 20 meters. The pilot attempted to make an emergency landing near the airfield without completing the takeoff, but the landing was unsuccessful and the aircraft crashed near the runway. 

The aircraft was registered in the Lithuanian aircraft register, and the pilot had a lot of flight experience. The aircraft was a replica of a historic aircraft from the 30s, self-constructed.

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