Rescuers locate wreckage of plane that fell into the Vistula

Six fire rescue units, boats and a pontoon are taking part in the rescue operation. Piotr Augustyniak/PAP

The wreckage of the aircraft which plunged into the river during an air show was located at a depth of 3 to 6 metres, 20 metres from the river bank, spokesman for the Commander in Chief of the State Fire Brigade Paweł Frątczak told PAP.

Frątczak added that a search for the pilot is in progress.

The plane lost control and plunged into the Vistula River as it performed stunts at the Płock Air Picnic in central Poland on Saturday. The air show has been suspended.

The Yak-52 aircraft was flown by a German pilot. An operation to lift the wreckage of the plane from the bottom of the Vistula is underway, Tomasz Buszewski, pilot of the Cellfast Team demonstration group from the southeastern Polish town of Krosno, told PAP.

Six fire rescue units, boats and a pontoon are taking part in the rescue operation, Frątczak said. A specialist water rescue group that was present at the time of the incident is also engaged in the action which involves specialized sonar.

Buszewski said that for the time being there is no information as to whether the Płock Air Picnic, which started on Saturday, will be continued.