On September 1, 2006, a 1973 Bellanca 17-21 ATC, German registered D-ELAI, (serial number 73-31059) was destroyed during an attempted ditching in the North Sea, following a complete loss of engine power near Hamburg-Insel, Neuwerk Island, Federal Republic of Germany. The pilot, the sole person on board the airplane, was fatally injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The local flight originated at Wangerooge Airport, Wangeroon Island, Germany, and was en route to Schaferhaus Airport, Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. Any further information may be obtained from:

German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation
Bundesstelle fur Flugenfalluntersuchung (BFU)
Hermann-Blenk Strasse 16
D-38108 Braunscheig

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the BFU of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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