A Socata Rallye 180TS Galerien crashed under unknown circumstances in Wilnsdorf, Germany, departed from Siegen-Siegerland Airport (SGE/EDGS)
The pilot died in the crash and the aircraft was destroyed beyond repair. The deceased body was found about 500 meters from the wreckage.
The pilot took off without ATC permission from Siegerland Airport (SGE/EDGS) which was not in operation at the time of departure..
According to the authorities, the pilot jumped out of the aircraft to commit suicide.
The small plane (four seats) took off minutes before the crash from Siegerland airfield, around 20 kilometers away, without properly having permission from the tower and ATC Unit. (The flight operations there officially only start at 7.30 a.m.) The further investigations of the officials lead in the direction of the tragic suspected suicide of the young man.
Investigators are trying to determine what happened. ‘Suicide by plane’ has killed more than 400 people in just 7 years. Let s take a close look at the history
Number 1: 2015, A Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed into a mountain while en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.
Preliminary information indicates that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, locked the captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing the aircraft, killing 150 people. Officials said Lubitz had previously been treated for depression and suicidal tendencies.
Number 2: 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing disappeared after all contact was lost about 40 minutes after takeoff. It is assumed the aircraft crashed in the Indian Ocean, and searches for wreckage have turned up empty. Experts have theorized that the pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, selected a route that would effectively render the plane invisible on radar in order to commit suicide. The plane’s disappearance is still under investigation.
Number 3: 2017, Xin Rong, an experienced pilot, took off from Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a Cessna 172P and disappeared. The aircraft was found — wrecked — near Manitouwadge, Ontario, Canada with the right-hand door open and no human remains inside or nearby. Investigators believe that Rong deliberately jumped out somewhere en route and the aircraft ran out of fuel before crashing. His body has not been found and he was subsequently declared dead.
Number 4: 2017, Student Pilot was killed and his instructor injured after they reportedly argued and wrestled for control of the Piper PA-34 Seneca they were flying. The plane crashed into a utility pole near the Pratt & Whitney headquarters in East Hartford, Connecticut. Investigators concluded the crash was an intentional act motivated by suicide.
Number 5: 2018, Duane Youd was killed after crashing a twin-engine Cessna 525 into the Utah home he owned just hours after being charged with domestic violence. Police said the 47-year-old intentionally piloted the aircraft into the building where his wife and a child were staying.
Number 6: 2018, An airplane mechanic, Richard Russel, stole a Horizon Air turboprop plane from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed it on an island in Puget Sound. Officials said Russell was “suicidal” at the time of the incident. Investigators are trying to determine what happened — including how Russell knew how to properly activate the buttons and switches needed to initiate takeoff.