Wreck of crashed German plane to be recovered for investigation
December 16 2017 12:47 PM
plane crashed into a forest in Ravensburg
plane crashed into a forest in Ravensburg

Dpa/Ravensburg, Germany

The wreck of a plane that crashed into a forest in south-western Germany, killing three people, was due to be recovered on Saturday for investigation.

Three men who were killed when the plane crashed into a forest in Ravensburg, in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, on Thursday were identified by police Friday as two Austrians, aged 45 and 49, and one German, aged 79. The German was architect Josef Wund.

Police said on Saturday that special units of fire officers and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief would work ‘as carefully as possibly’ to remove the parts of the wreck from the site of the crash.

The parts were then expected to be transported to the Federal Office for Air Accident Investigation to look into the potential cause of the crash.

A spokesman for the office, which is based in the northern city of Braunschweig, said that it was essential that the parts were moved as little as possible to avoid further damage.

The parts would then be laid out in a hangar protected from the elements so that the experts could examine them in further detail.

The plane had been en route from Frankfurt-Egelsbach airfield, south of Frankfurt, to Friedrichshafen. It came down in a remote area of forest around 1715 GMT on Thursday. Police said there were no immediate clues as to why it crashed. 

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