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Victims in Friday's plane crash identified

The Local · 3 Mar 2012, 11:06

Published: 03 Mar 2012 11:06 GMT+01:00

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One of the victims, the plane's pilot, was a 52-year-old German textile millionaire, who lived in London. The 53-year-old head of retail chain C&A's Austrian operations was also killed, as was a woman, 43, from Mönchengladbach.

The other victims were an American and a 27-year-old woman from Ukraine.

Police are still baffled by the the accident. Bild reported that the pilot had radio contact with a control tower and appeared calm and concentrated.

He was flying the Cessna 750 Citation X, worth about €11 million, in a straight line with no signs of trouble.

The paper speculates that a cloud bank may have suddenly appeared and surprised the pilot.

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12:10 March 3, 2012 by zeddriver
The paper speculates that a cloud bank may have suddenly appeared and surprised the pilot.

What? I would think that an aircraft of that calibre would be equipped with IFR capabilities. Maybe the "paper" should let the investigators have a go at figuring this one out.
12:50 March 3, 2012 by rutledm
Watch out....those cloud banks'll getcha every time! Bild....brilliant deduction! That reporter was obviously number one in his aircraft accident investigator class.
14:29 March 3, 2012 by nemo999
It is the ability to jump to any conclusion rather than allowing the evidence and data to determine the most probable cause of the incident, that make news paper reporters poor if not awful accident investigator. How about the surprise was instead of the cloud it was the rock in the cloud.

It is stated that the pilot of the aircraft was a 52 year old German Textile Millionaire. Since the operation of this aircraft appears not be his full time profession (Textile Millionaire appears to be his full time job), and there is nothing wrong with 52 year old German Textile Millionaire flying their own aircraft, it seems that the investors in his company would have insisted that the aircraft be operated with second pilot to assist with the cockpit workload.

As I write I am sure that the appropriate aviation official, medical examiner, and representatives of the aircraft are just starting to collect data on the incident.

At this time it could be just about anything, from a maintenance issue, to a medical issue, to well you fill in the blank.
16:32 March 3, 2012 by smart2012
Would like to hear from Jan Fleischaue, columnist for Spiegel, who said that German captains never make mistakes.....
22:33 March 3, 2012 by Logic Guy
Well, crashes such as this one happens too often, especially here in America.

The one that disturbs me the most took place several years ago. A doctor gathered his wife and 3 kids, along with the family's dog, for a flight in a high performance plane. And yes, he lost control of the plane and it crashed, killing everyone on board.

As a citizen living in a democratic country, I do believe that people should be allowed as many freedoms as possible. It is however a complex balancing act, between individual freedom and rational laws.

For the sake of preserving lives, I would have that planes with more than 2 seats can only be operated by full time, professional pilots. It is illogical to expect an "Occasional Pilot" to operate an airplane safely.
00:13 March 4, 2012 by zeddriver
@Logic Guy

It's not my intention to rag on you.

But it's far to easy to get caught up in the idea that we must save all lives no matter the cost (tax & regulations) or freedoms the government demands we give up in the pursuit of 100% safety at all times. The reality is that governments make regulations for one reason. To maintain power over you and your money.

You can't legislate to such an extent that everyone born is required to die of old age. Although the government likes to make you think they could. Living is a dangerous sport. More people die in car accidents than plane crashes. My car seats five. Should I be required to hire a driver? Or should we take two cars so the whole family doesn't go at once.
22:10 March 5, 2012 by Logic Guy
Well, I remember when the Seat Belt Law was first established. And yes, many complained. But as we all now know, seat belts have saved a countless number of lives. In that tragic car crash involving Princess Diana, the only person that survived was the one that wore a seat belt.

I do agree, that in some cases, a government will establish regulation as a means to generate revenue. As an America citizen, I can however say that the majority of laws in America are rational, in that they actually benefit people.

When it comes plane crashes, in reality, some 90% of them are avoidable.

And when they do crash, as you know, usually there are no survivors.

And the lost affects other people too, such as wives and kids.

Sure, if an INDIVIDUAL is hell bent on destroying HIS OWN LIFE, then so be it. As sensible members of humanity, we are however obligated to do all that we can to protect the innocent.
23:13 March 7, 2012 by sirlancelot66
It's very sad that this Air disaster happened and the lost of precious life's. This is in memory of Capt. John J. I only meet once about 6 months ago and may he Rest in Peace. For those who did know the facts please wait for the investigation to be completed and draw your conclusions after. The one thing I knew about Capt. John is that he was a dedicated pilot for the Millionaire or Billionaire he flew the Jet for. John told me that his boss also sent him to school to become a Capt. and was the nicest Man, Boss that you could ever have. Another friend of mine is also employed by Capt. John's boss and was very lucky he did not go with them on this last flight. No other comments at this time except a prayer for all of them and may they Rest in Peace.
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