The Cessna 182 plane that disappeared while flying from Split to Germany around noon on Sunday was located in Broćanac near Rakovica, central Croatia, on Monday, Civil Protection Directorate head Damir Trut told reporters, confirming that the pilot and the three passengers on board were killed in the crash.
Croatia Control on Sunday notified the Civil Protection Operations Centre that the plane disappeared around 11.30 am at 2,300 feet north of Rakovica in Karlovac County.
"Today at 10:50 this morning a drone spotted the remains of the aircraft. Despite the difficult weather conditions we've experienced over the past 23 hours, some 400 operatives on the ground completed their task of finding the aircraft," said Trut.
"First of all, on behalf of the Croatian government, I would like to extend my condolences to the families of those who died in the crash. I would also like to congratulate and thank all members of the Civil Protection Directorate and emergency personnel for their contribution in finding the crash and recovering the bodies of the deceased," added Deputy Prime Minister Tomo Medved.
More than 400 members of the Civil Protection Directorate, police, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, firefighters and hunters were involved in the search for the aircraft.
An investigation is to be launched to establish the cause of the crash.
Danko Petrin, chief investigator from the Air Accidents Investigation Department, said that if necessary, technical analyses would be carried out in laboratories in Germany or France.
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