By John Smith • 25 November 2020 • 14:41
DIVERS from the Central Group of Underwater Activities (GEAS) of the Guardia Civil and the ROV Comanche de Salvamento Marítimo, recovered the body of a crew member of a plane that crashed on November 3, 30 miles from the coast of the delta of l ‘Ebre.
The search and rescue operation began when, on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 3, a Piper Seneca aircraft, belonging to the Reus aeroclub fleet, disappeared some 40 nautical miles from Reus airport.
Its pilots, aged 42 and 35, from Torredembarra and Cambrils, who were highly experienced flyers were travelling from Reus airport to Ibiza but on the return flight, the plane disappeared from radar for an unknown reason.
A Spanish Air Force aircraft, a helicopter from Maritime Rescue, a patrol boat of the Guardia Civil Provincial Maritime Service and an aircraft of the Air Rescue Service joined two Spanish Naval vessels from Cartagena in a search.
These ships, using high resolution sonar, discovered what they believed to be the remains of the crashed twin engine aircraft and using a remote-controlled underwater drone it was possible to verify the existence of a person inside.
Due to bad weather diving to the site of the aircraft was postponed for several days but eventually, divers were able to refloat the crashed plane and the body was recovered.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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