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Local businessman, Air Force major die in TL 20 Ultralight aircraft crash

A TL 20 Ultralight aircraft crashed in agricultural area near Larissa, Central Greece, on Wednesday night. The pilot and one passenger were killed. The debris was located around 3 a.m. on Thursday, near Dendra.

The aircraft disappeared from the radar short before it was scheduled to arrive to its destination in the small airport Terpsithea.

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The chairman of the aeroclub of Larissa said that the aircraft was scheduled to land at 8:30 p.m. He added that the aircraft did not belong to the aeroclub but to the pilot.

A Search and Rescue operation with 23 fire fighters, an helicopter of the Greek Army mand many local volunteers and members of the aeroclub was launched when authorities were alarmed about the aircraft disappearance. The night and the small size of the aircraft made the location difficult.

One of the volunteers, a member of the aeroclub, located the debris five hours later.

a conventional single engine high wing ultralight and Light-sport aircraft seating two side-by-side.

The pilot and the passenger were found inside the aircraft debris, wearing seat belts.

The pilot and aircraft owner: Dimitris Tsekouras, 43, businessman and coffee distributor.

The passenger: Nikolaos Grigoriou, 34, major at the Greek Air Force.

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Their bodies were transferred to morgue for autopsy.

The reasons for the TL 20 Ultralight aircraft crash are being investigated.

The TL 20 is a conventional single engine low-wing ultralight and Light-sport aircraft seating two side-by-side. It is produced in the Czech Republic.

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