Cyprus Mail

Search teams deployed to find missing plane

By Evie Andreou

DEBRIS, thought to belong to the twin-prop Diamond DA42 training plane that went missing on Wednesday night en route to Beirut from Cyprus, were found floating at sea, according to unconfirmed news reports.

On board the aircraft, that disappeared from the Nicosia flight information region (FIR) some 80 kilometres south east of Larnaca were two men, a Cypriot and a Lebanese.

It took off from Paphos Airport at 6.20pmand reports suggested that the aircraft, that belongs to a pilot training school based in Paphos, started circling over Akrotiri at 9,000 feet.

The pilot was asked if he was encountering a problem and he replied that he had a minor problem and that he was trying to solve it.

The aircraft fell to 6,000 feet and then it disappeared from the radar at 7.04pm.

The Cyprus Civil Aviation department announced that at 7.18pm FIR Nicosia was in a state of alarm and notified the Larnaca Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) that deployed a search and rescue operation.

Until late Wednesday night, JRCC was heading the rescue operation with two coast guard vessels and a helicopter, while Israel sent two C130 transport aircraft and Lebanon one aircraft to assist in the search.

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