A Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion II plane crashed Solunska Glava, south of Skopje International Airport (LWSK)
The Cessna crashed in Solunska Glava in bad weather conditions, all occupants, a family of 4 people, were fatally injured.
“At 16:16, we lost contact with the Cesna P210 plane, which has flown from Ohrid to Sofia. Due to poor weather conditions, the pilot has decided to land in Skopje, while for a short period of time has asked for permission to continue in Sofia, before losing the radar the pilot has reported that the plane has a lot of turbulence “said Civil Aviation Agency Director Nikolce Tasevski.
Four people are dead after a small airplane Cessna P210N crashed near Solunska Glava in North Macedonia.
The aircraft was performing a flight from Ohrid to Sofia (Bulgaria) with four people on board, all from Bulgarian nationality, but went missing after the pilot reported high turbulence after crossing an area with bad weather conditions. The four people are a family of man, woman and two kids.
The pilot asked to land in Skopje but later decided to proceed to Sofia. Unfortunately, the airplane crashed near the area of Solunska Glava, the highest peak of the Yakubitsa mountain in the central part of North Macedonia.
“At 16:16, we lost contact with the Cessna P210 plane, which has flown from Ohrid to Sofia. Due to poor weather conditions, the pilot has decided to land in Skopje, while for a short period of time has asked for permission to continue in Sofia, before losing the radar the pilot has reported that the plane has a lot of turbulence”, said Civil Aviation Agency Director, Nikolce Tasevski. “Later, the bodies of the four people and the wreck of the aircraft were found”, added he.
National Commission for Air Accidents head Zoran Ilievski told The Associated Press police helicopters have located the plane’s wreckage and bodies in unapproachable snow-covered terrain near the 2,500-meter (8,200-foot) summit of Mount Jakupica.
Civil aviation official Nikolce Taseski said the Cessna aircraft was traveling from North Macedonia’s town of Ohrid to the Bulgarian capital Sofia. It went missing from radar systems at 4:16 p.m. local time (1416 GMT) Tuesday.
He said the pilot initially sought permission to land at Skopje’s airport, reporting strong turbulence, but later asked to continue to Sofia.
Rescuers will try to approach the location Wednesday.
Cessna P210N is a six-seat, high-performance, retractable-gear, single-engine, high-wing general aviation aircraft. The plane is driven by 310 hp (231 kW) Continental TSIO-520-AF engine.