British man, 66, dies after light aircraft crashes into sea off Spanish beach
Local reports claim the British man was performing acrobatic stunts before his
plane crashed into the sea off Descargador Beach, near Cala Reona,
in the Murcia region of Spain
The man who has been named locally only by his first name of Paul, is said to have
lost control of his plane and crashed off Descargador Beach near Cala Reona close
to the naval port city of Cartagena.
The fatal accident happened around 11.30 am yesterday morning.
Locals practising water sports including a canoeist pulled his body from the sea and
a pleasure boat took it to a nearby port.
Coastguard divers and police searched the area to rule out any more victims before
it was confirmed the expat was on his own in the plane. An investigation into
the tragedy is now underway pending the autopsy which is expected to take
place later today.
Cartagena mayoress Ana Belen Castejon wrote on Twitter: ‘My sincere condolences
to the friends and loved ones of the man who has died. ‘Sadly nothing could be done
to save his life.’ Luis Martinez Escudero, one of the men who helped pull the
man’s body from the sea, told a local paper:
‘We saw a body floating face down in the water five minutes after the plane came down.
‘I put the body on the longboard I was on with the help of a canoeist who also
headed to the same spot.
‘We then transferred the dead man into a boat that turned up and took him
to a nearby port.’ He also described weather conditions at the time as
‘extremely foggy.’ Another pilot who left the aerodrome shortly before the Brit
who lost his life yesterday morning is understood to have complained about low
clouds. A spokesman for a regional government-run emergency response coordination
centre said: ‘We can confirm the death of a man aged 66 who suffered a light aircraft
accident in Cala Reona in the municipality of Cartagena.’