Missing Lithuanian plane found sunken in Baltic Sea, search for pilots continues
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Lithuanian airplane An-2, which went missing on Saturday with two pilots aboard, was discovered on the bottom of the Baltic Sea on Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of National Defence said, adding that the search for the pilots continues.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has commented that the search and rescue operation launched in order find a missing An-2 airplane and its two pilots has revealed that Lithuanian institutions responsible for search and rescue missions fail to properly cooperate and coordinate among themselves.
A search mission that continued throughout the night on Tuesday have so far failed to find any traces of the An-2 airplane that went missing on Saturday afternoon over the Baltic Sea. After two and a half days of search by Lithuania's air force and navy, assisted by Latvia, the plane and two pilots are yet to be found.
On a flight from the Swedish city of Gothenburg to the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda, the Palanga airport in Lithuania sometimes took a long time to respond to messages, says the Swedish airport chief who escorted the Lithuanian pilots who later went missing above the Baltic Sea.