Mourning for the two dead occupants of the small aircraft that crashed in the sea area of Maleme in Chania.
The captain of the Savannah ultralight aircraft that died in Thursday’s crash off Maleme was an aero club president.
“His name was Theodoros Pantos, he was the president of the West Greece Aeroclub. He has no connection with the games, nor would he take part. There was a man waiting for him in Maleme from another airport and he informed us that he was late.
While heading to Souda airport, he went to Maleme. The conditions for a night landing do not exist here, nor did his plane have such capabilities and I don’t think he was trained for a night landing,” said Panagiotis Tzarakis, president of the Chania Aeroclub.
When asked how the accident happened, Mr. Tzarakis speculated that the pilot got disoriented: “He turned to land and probably got disoriented. He probably thought he was flying level but he was heading out to sea. Because I saw the crash, it was so intense that there’s no way they could have done anything.”