A small plane crashed in Bamberg in the afternoon. The pilot was seriously injured, the police said. The 61-year-old was rescued from the wreckage and taken to hospital in a rescue helicopter. According to a spokesman, there were no other people on the plane.

According to the police estimate, the Cessna suffered damage of around 200,000 euros. Only pieces of rubble remained of the small aircraft; Firefighting foam from the fire brigade could also be seen at the crash site.

According to police, the plane crashed during takeoff and then caught fire. How exactly the accident occurred is still unclear. Investigators said it was an accident. The criminal police and the Bamberg public prosecutor’s office have taken over the investigation. Numerous rescue workers were on duty.

The Bamberg-Breitenau airfield is located on the outskirts of the city near Autobahn 73.