THESE are the first pictures of the well-known German family wiped out in a crash which killed seven people in Majorca yesterday.
Businessman August Inselkammer Jr, his wife Christina, and their two children Max, 11, and Sophie, nine, died when the helicopter taking them to an upmarket restaurant for a birthday lunch hit a light aircraft.
August Inselkammer Jr was killed with his wife and two children in a helicopter crash in Majorca[/caption]
Italian pilot Cedric Leoni, who worked for German air services firm Rotorflug at its base in Majorca, also died in the collision.
The helicopter hit a microlight carrying Spaniards Juan Jose Vidal, the pilot of the craft, and his friend Gustavo Serrano, both of whom also died.
The incident happened just after 1.30pm, and is the island’s worst ever air crash.
Mr Inselkammer, who came from a well-known family of brewing entrepreneurs, and family had been on their way to celebrate his 43rd birthday with friends at a restaurant in Camp de Mar near Andratx.
The friends had also planned to travel by helicopter, but ended up going by road after one of two choppers booked turned out to be too small.
The helicopter piloted by Mr Leoni had been sent to the luxury Hotel La Reserva Rotana Manacor, near to the house where the Inselkammer family were staying.
SECOND TRAGEDY TO HIT FAMILY
A well-placed insider said: “The dead man and his family were holidaying with another family and staying near the hotel.
“They were known at the hotel from previous times they’d stayed.
“It was the dead man’s 43rd birthday and the two families had arranged for two helicopters to pick them up, one for one family and one for the other.
“The other family ended up going by road because one of the helicopters had capacity for five and the other could only carry three including the pilot.
“My understanding was that it was a last-minute decision the man whose birthday it was should take the bigger helicopter with his family and the other family should catch them up in a car, probably because it was his birthday.
Horrified witnesses described the moment of impact as similar to a roll of thunder.
Toni Carbonell told local paper Diario de Mallorca: “The noise of the impact was horrible.”
The tragedy is the second in recent years to have hit the Inselkammer family, whose business interests include private brewery Ayinger, which is now run by August’s brother Franz Inselkammer III.
August’s cousin Jannik, co-owner of another brewery in Munich, was killed aged just 45 in an avalanche during a skiing holiday in Canada in March 2014.
Yesterday’s crash, which happened in the muncipality of Inca in the centre of the island, is being probed by the Civil Guard and Spanish air accident investigators.
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The wife of light aircraft pilot Juan Jose Vidal, known to friends by his shortened name of Juanjo, is said to have witnessed the mid-air collision from Binissalem Aerodrome, from where the two-seater plane had taken off.
A minute’s silence will be held at midday today for the victims.
Regional government president Francina Armengol yesterday decreed three days of mourning.
The family had been on route to celebrate Mr Inselkammer’s 43rd birthday[/caption]
Inselkammer was a German businessman from a prominent family of brewery owners[/caption]
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