A microlight and a helicopter crashed into the air above Mallorca - with fatal consequences. The calamity has cost seven lives, said the Government of the Balearic Islands via the short message service Twitter.
Many Spanish media reported that four of the inmates of the helicopter were a family from Germany, a couple with their two children. The pilot was therefore Italian. The Spanish television had previously reported, citing sources of the police force Guardia Civil, some of the victims may be German. At first there was no official confirmation.
Unfortunate cause unknown
Two other people would have been in the plane - a man from Valencia, who was traveling with a friend, so the station RTVE. The accident had occurred early in the afternoon for unknown reasons near the city of Inca, inside the Balearic Island. Both aircraft went up in flames.
The German company Rotorflug Helicopters confirmed the fatal crash of one of their helicopters. "The cause of the accident is still completely unclear," said the company headquartered in Friedrichsdorf near Frankfurt am Main in a press release. "The Luftfahrt-Bundesamt and the German Federal Office for Aircraft Accident Investigation have already been informed by the rotor flight and the authorities are investigating."
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez wrote on Twitter: "My solidarity and condolences to the families of the victims of this tragic accident." Balearic president Francina Armengol said: "We are worried and appalled by the accident, our thoughts are with the victims." It is top priority to first identify the dead and assist their relatives. She called for a three-day mourning in the area.
Consternation on Mallorca
Wreckage of the helicopter was near an old country road. The small plane crashed into the grounds of a finca, as Sebastià Oriol, security deputy of Inca municipality, told IB3 local station. Nearby houses were not hit, wrote the newspaper "Ultima Hora".
The inhabitants of the region are in a state of consternation, reported the "Diario de Mallorca". A man reported a "terrible bang". Eyewitnesses had run to the scene with their own equipment and had started to extinguish the flames before the rescue services arrived.