CCL Initiates Aircraft SAR Mission Immediately

May 30, 2022

Yesterday, on May 29, 2022, at 11:24 AM, Croatia Control (CCL) received a MAYDAY call by the pilot of a Cessna 182 aircraft, registration number DEGLF, which was flying from Split to Laichingen (Germany). Immediately after that, radar contact and radio communication with the aircraft were lost.

The last known location of the aircraft was near Rakovica, Kordun.

According to the procedure laid down in the Regulation on the Conditions and Manner of Conducting Aircraft Search and Rescue Missions, CCL alerted the Civil Protection Operations Center and initiated the Search and Rescue (SAR) procedure.

At 10:37 AM, Split Tower Air Traffic Control cleared the aircraft for take-off from Split Airport, according to the filed flight plan, by the requested visual flight rules.

Following the SAR mission, today shortly after 12, the crashed aircraft was found. It has been confirmed that there are no survivors. We would like to extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the accident.

Pursuant to the regulations, an aircraft investigation will be conducted by the Air, Maritime and Railway Traffic Accident Investigation Agency. CCL will submit operational flight data (the audio file of the conversation between the pilot and the competent Air Traffic Control Unit and radar data for the flight) to the Agency as well as all other relevant data.