Mystery plane crash

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German investigators were yesterday trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a crash into Lake Constance of a private plane whose passengers, suspected of smuggling nuclear material, have vanished, AFP reports from Langenhargen.

The pilot of the twin-engined Cessna has also disappeared, and investigators believe he may have simulated an accident to steer police away from two German businessmen the plane was carrying and who are suspected of being involved with Russians and Latvians in smuggling radioactive caesium.