A firefighting plane disappears in mid-flight near Pollensa
A large emergency services operation is underway to locate the plane at sea.
With the fall of the night, the only remaining personnel in the area are troops that arrived from the mainland earlier yesterday, as they are the only ones equipped with night sights capable of tracking in the dark.
A small plane belonging to the firefighting service of the Environmental Council disappeared this Tuesday afternoon near Pollensa.
The last contact with the aircraft was shortly after six in the afternoon and its pilot has not answered any calls since.
A large search operation, including the army from the mainland, was trying to locate the aircraft during the night.
The search has so far focused on the sea.
The craft is an Air Tractor of the company contracted by the Government for the campaign against forest fires of the Institut Balear de la Natura (Ibanat).
Only the pilot was travelling in the plane, which, according to emergency services sources, was carrying out a reconnaissance flight.
The aircraft was in the area of Cala Sant Vicenç when, at 18:08 hours it made its last contact with the Forest Fire Coordination Centre before going missing.
All calls by radio and telephone to the pilot, who had not issued any distress signal, were unanswered.
The emergency services launched an search & rescue operation to find the craft yesterday evening.
It’s not clear what exactly caused the accident, however the current main hypothesis that has been offered by those responsible for the search, is that the plane has crashed into the sea.
Therefore, the tracking work focused on the sea areas around the coast near the peninsula of Formentor.
Four helicopters and a small plane of the Ibanat, the Civil Guard and the Air Rescue Service (SAR) of the Air Force are currently deployed in the area in search of the vanished craft & pilot.
The army then sent a helicopter from San Javier (Murcia) and a plane from Getafe (Madrid).
A previous operation, in which Salvamento Marítimo and the General Directorate of Emergencies also participate, was unfortunately unsuccessful in finding anything.