A BRITISH man, 66, was killed after his plane crashed into the sea off a Spanish beach.
The man who has been named locally only by his first name of Paul, was killed instantly after he lost control of his plane and crashed off Descargador Beach near Cala Reona close to the naval port city of Cartagena.
The 66-year-old’s plane plunged into the water as soon after he took off from a small airdrome in Murcia in southeast Spain called Aeroclub Totana.
The fatal accident happened around 11.30am this morning.
Unconfirmed local reports said the dead man had been performing acrobatic stunts before he crashed in thick fog.
Locals practising water sports including a canoeist pulled the Brit’s body from the sea and a pleasure boat took it to a nearby port.
Coastguard divers and police searched the area to rule out any more victims before it was confirmed the expat was on his own in the plane.
An investigation into the tragedy is now underway pending the autopsy which is expected to take place tomorrow.
Cartagena mayoress Ana Belen Castejon wrote on Twitter: “My sincere condolences to the friends and loved ones of the man who has died.
“Sadly nothing could be done to save his life.”
Luis Martinez Escudero, one of the men who helped pull the Brit’s body from the sea, told a local paper: “We saw a body floating face down in the water five minutes after the plane came down.
“I put the body on the longboard I was on with the help of a canoeist who also headed to the same spot.
“We then transferred the dead man into a boat that turned up and took him to a nearby port.”
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He also described weather conditions at the time as “extremely foggy.”
Another pilot who left the aerodrome shortly before the Brit who lost his life this morning is understood to have complained about low clouds.
A spokesman for a regional government-run emergency response coordination centre said: “We can confirm the death of a man aged 66 who suffered a light aircraft accident in Cala Reona in the municipality of Cartagena.”