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Three bodies found in plane crash near Frankfurt

DDP/DPA/The Local · 8 Dec 2009, 14:20

Published: 08 Dec 2009 08:46 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Dec 2009 14:20 GMT+01:00

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The tail end of the business commuter plane apparently tore a path into a forest before boring into the ground and catching fire as the plane broke apart. Two 61-year-olds and a 56-year-old – all residents of Offenbach – were killed near the Egelsbach airfield outside of Frankfurt.

Police said there had been heavy fog when the plane travelling from the northern city of Bremen crashed at 4:15 pm, but they were not sure whether this played a role in the accident.

Officers were forced to give up their search around midnight on Monday after combing through wreckage that spread for several hundred metres, they said, and resumed their search at daylight. Search dogs were also used in their effort.

After the crash fire fighters put out flames on parts of the two-motor Beechcraft 90 model plane, but did not immediately locating the crash victims.

The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (BFU) has undertaken an investigation into the cause of incident.

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Egelsbach is Germany’s largest private airfield and is often used by business travellers and hobby pilots.

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Your comments about this article

00:52 December 9, 2009 by Logic Guy
Well, as an aviation expert, I would advise anyone not to fly such a plane in bad weather. There have simply been too many crashes. I recommend taking a train or travel with an estabalished airline.

Far too many people climb aboard high performance aircraft such as the Beechcraft 90 and think that they can handke it under difficult weather conditions. EASA and the FAA in the US must change the regulations, in an effort to prevent accidents such as this one. They must commit to a much higher standard.

The fact is, most plane crashes are preventable. Therefore the

regulators can surely do better.

No law equals no civilization.
15:05 December 9, 2009 by Commontwocents
I simply had to respond to Logic guy.

The Beechcraft 90 (Kingair series) has proven itself to be one of the safest aircraft flying. It is certified to operate in "bad weather", providing the operator is certified and proficient in the particular make and model.

I personally have flown the Kingair for more than a thousand hours in all kinds of weather and have found it to be a most forgiving and reliable aircraft.

Yes, many plane crashes are preventable, but that doesn't mean more regulations will make pilots fly safer.
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