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Five die in plane crash near supermarket in Lisbon

Five die in plane crash near supermarket in Lisbon
April 11
17:56 2017
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A small plane has crashed next to a supermarket near Lisbon, killing four people on board and one on the ground, Portuguese emergency services have said. Four other people were slightly injured.




Operational commander Miguel Cruz said the Swiss pilot and three French passengers had died, along with a Portuguese truck driver who was offloading his cargo outside the shop.

Cruz said the Swiss-registered plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Monday from Tires aerodrome, about 12 miles (20km) west of the Portuguese capital.

The airfield, which was closed as authorities opened an investigation, said the plane was a twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft.

The truck driver was offloading his cargo at the supermarket’s rear cargo bay, just over a mile from the runway, when the plane crashed near him. His vehicle was set ablaze.

The injured were shopping in the supermarket, which is in a residential neighbourhood They were treated for shock and smoke inhalation. The crash occurred about 150 metres from a school.

About three dozen firefighting vehicles attended the scene.




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