A small boat passes near the German corvette Braunschweig docked in the the port of Limassol on October 23, 2014, allegedly carrying debris from a Diamond DA42 light aircraft that crashed off the Cyprus coast. AFP PHOTO/ Yiannis Kourtoglou
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Obagi and his companion Afghastinos Afghostine took off from Beirut's airport at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday in a twin-engine Diamond DA 42 plane, according to a statement released by Lebanon's Directorate of Civil Aviation.Forty-four minutes into the 80-minute flight, while the plane was over Cypriot waters, it disappeared from Lebanese radar. Captain Majed Assaf, a pilot and flight instructor, said small planes like the one that crashed Wednesday did not contain black boxes, and so it would be difficult to determine exactly what had happened in the plane's final moments.Based on his experience, however, he said the most likely scenario for a small multi-engine plane like the DIAMOND DA42 was that the critical motor had malfunctioned, sending the plane into a flat spin, which is nearly impossible to recover from, even for experienced pilots.
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