The small aircraft disappeared on Saturday evening in the United States and was only found on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, its pilot did not survive the accident.
On Saturday, a small Magnus Fusion 212 was reported missing near Deckers in Colorado.
The single-engine sports plane was manufactured by the Hungarian Magnus Aircraft Zrt. –
the same company which made a deal in January with the commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Air Force to sell them propeller planes manufactured by the aircraft factory in Pécs, for civilian and surveillance purposes.
A rescue operation searched from the air for the small plane, engineered specifically for aerobatics, that crashed in a rugged area northwest of Deckers. The cause of the crash is still unknown, and the area itself is so hard to approach that crews were literally searching for a needle in a haystack.
Members of the search and rescue unit found the pilot on Sunday but could not save his life.
He was the only one on board. His name has not been made public yet, but his family was notified already.
According to CBS Denver, experts are now working on recovering the wreckage from the remote area.
As the accident happened late in the evening and the emergency responders received the alert after 8 pm, the dark posed further challenges, so the crew needed to wait until the next morning to start the search,
said Sergeant Randall Owens from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s really extremely rough terrain as you can probably see and as we moved forward, we had to wait until daylight and in daylight, we were able to use the Civil Air Patrol to find the downed aircraft, and at this point we’re waiting on recovery efforts of the plane,” he added.
The Sheriff’s Office offered their condolences to the family via a tweet. “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the single occupant, an adult male, of the crashed plane was found deceased on scene. Our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will start an investigation to find the cause of the accident.
According to local radio traffic,
the pilot had not given a flight plan before taking off
– something that is not obligatory in the case of these small aircraft. This specific Magnus Fusion 212 plane has two seats, manufactured with carbon fibre technology, and is essentially designed for aerobatics.
According to a website selling the exact same type of aircraft, three years ago, its price reached 140 thousand dollars.
Source: CBS Denver