In the past few days, debris from the small plane that crashed at the end of March has been collected in the Säntis area. They are now being evaluated to investigate the cause of the accident. The pilot died in the crash.
A large part of the aircraft, which weighs around 2000 kg, has already been assembled. The work was still ongoing as of Wednesday. Fragments of the crashed Cessna were spread over an area of around 3000 square meters. The difference in altitude in the area being searched is around 800 meters.
Dangerous to collect due to falling rocks
The emergency services are each flown by helicopter to the «Grünhorn» crash site. Equipped with mountaineering equipment, tools and sacks, they collect the wreckage. According to a statement from the St. Gallen police on Wednesday, the specialists must have extensive alpine experience. The collection is dangerous, among other things, because of falling rocks. Abseiling points had to be set up.
The sacks filled with aircraft parts are then flown to a lower-lying alp and loaded into a container there. The material then goes to the Swiss Safety Investigation Board (Sust) for clarification of the cause of the crash.
Shortly after the accident on March 31, the first wreckage parts of the Cessna 208 Caravan and parts of the pilot’s body were recovered. The 63-year-old Italian wanted to fly alone from Siegen (D) to Tuscany when he had an accident in the Säntis area with poor visibility due to fog. (SDA)