THE Balearic Islands have announced an official mourning period of three days for the tragic death of seven people in an air crash that occurred on Sunday on the island.
The collision between a helicopter in which a German family was travelling accompanied by an experienced Italian pilot, and an ultralight aircraft, with two occupants, has shocked residents on the island.
Four of the seven deceased are members of a family from Munich. August Inselkammer, a well-known German businessman, was celebrating his 43rd birthday on the helicopter on 25 August and was accompanied by his wife, Christina, 42, and their two children, Max and Sophia, 11 and 9 respectively.
The helicopter was due to give the family a tour of the island before dropping them in Camp de Mar where they were planning to eat. At the controls of the aircraft was Cedric Leoni, 49, an experienced pilot for Fotorflug Airservices based in Son Bonet.
The other two people that tragically lost their lives in the accident are Juan José Vidal Calero, a 43-year-old resident in Mallorca from Valencia and his friend, Gustavo Adolfo Serrano Zambrana, 50. According to reports, Juanjo Vidal had owned the ultralight aircraft for a couple of years and kept it in an airfield hangar in Binissalem.
Authorities are still investigating what caused this tragic accident and cost these people their lives.