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Five die as light aircraft crashes in Portugal

Five people died when a Swiss-registered light aircraft crashed into a supermarket warehouse in the Lisbon suburbs.

Published: 17th April 2017 08:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2017 08:01 PM   |  A+A-

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By AFP

LISBON: Five people died when a Swiss-registered light aircraft crashed into a supermarket warehouse in the Lisbon suburbs on Monday, rescue services said.

The fatalities comprised the pilot and all three passengers -- a Swiss and three French nationals -- who were aboard the aircraft, plus a man who was at the warehouse at the time, they said in a statement. 

Three other people were slightly injured.

The warehouse is located about a kilometre (half a mile) from an aerodrome at Tires, in the district of Cascais. 

The twin-engine Piper PA-31 plane had just taken off on a flight to the southern French city of Marseille when it crashed, hitting a truck parked at the warehouse.

About 90 firefighters mobilised to fight a blaze, which was quickly put out. A neighbouring house was also damaged.



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