Bodies from plane wreck in the sea discovered

The remains of the pilot and co-pilot of a small airplane which crashed in the sea on Wednesday, 45 nautical miles south-east of Larnaca have been found, ‘Famagusta Gazette’ reports.

The occupants of the plane which was en route to Beirut from Paphos were, Greek Cypriot Avgoustinos Avgousti, 54 and Lebanese national George Opeki, 54.

Two corvettes were scheduled in the area to pick up the remains as well as the plane debris and head to Limassol Port. Post postmortems will be carried out at Limassol General Hospital.

Experts at Larnaca International Airport will examine the wreckage when it arrives at the airport to find out the reasons for the crash.

According to a statement of the Civil Aviation Department of the Communications Ministry, at 19.04 local time it was reported that the trace of a Diamond DA42 twin-engine aircraft with 2 persons on-board that took off from Paphos en route to Beirut was lost from the Civil Aviation radars 45 NM south of Larnaca.

Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides expressed deep regret for the loss of the two people who were on board.

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