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Private plane crashes into Baltic Sea in mystery

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In what has been described mysterious circumstances, a private Cessna plane has crashed into the Baltic Sea off the Latvian coast.

BBC reports that Nato jets were scrambled to follow the plane on its erratic flight which began in southern Spain.

According to some sources, the plane, which is thought to have had four persons on board, was supposed to arrive in Cologne, Germany, but instead took off for the Baltic Sea.

Nobody could be seen in the cockpit, according to NATO pilots and Swedish officials watching the aircraft.

According to the website FlightRadar24, the Cessna 551 with an Austrian registration took off from the Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera at 12:56 GMT.

The jet reported cabin pressure issues after takeoff, according to the German tabloid Bild, and contact was lost after it had passed over the Iberian peninsula.

Fighter jets from several countries followed the Cessna on its journey.

At 17:37 it was listed on FlightRadar24 as losing speed and altitude.

Rescue services from Sweden and a Lithuanian air force helicopter were dispatched after reports that the plane had fallen into the sea near the Latvian city of Ventspils.

Writing by Muzha Kucha