Israeli couple killed in Greek Island plane crash

Light aircraft bound for Corfu goes down near island of Zakynthos after sending out a distress signal.

April 29, 2009 08:58
Israeli couple killed in Greek Island plane crash

plane crash montana. (photo credit: AP)

The bodies of an Israeli couple were found on Wednesday morning after their light aircraft went down over the sea off the western Greek island of Zakynthos, local authorities reported. The Merchant Marine Ministry said the private plane left Zakynthos on Tuesday evening for the nearby island of Corfu, some 300 miles northwest of Athens. Authorities said that after the single-engine aircraft passed the island of Kos, the Israelis reported problems and landed temporarily. The plane reportedly took off again that evening, but sent out a distress signal about an hour later. The ministry said two rescue aircraft, a search and rescue boat, two cargo ships and a smaller craft took part in the search, focusing on a spot 25 miles northwest of Zakynthos where the plane was last seen on radar screens. The bodies and the plane's wreckage were eventually discovered by a rescue helicopter's crew. According to an initial investigation, the accident was caused by harsh weather conditions.

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