News Plane Crashes — 17 April 2017

The plane was a variant of the Piper PA-31T (file image). It is not known what caused it to crashA small airplane crashed near a supermarket in a residential area outside Lisbon on Monday, killing five people, rescue workers said.

The private airplane crashed after taking off from the small Tires airport, which is located near the resort town of Cascais about 20 km (12.5 miles) west of Lisbon and used mainly by private aircraft.

Andre Fernandes, a spokesman for the local emergency services, said the plane was headed for Marseilles in France. Everyone on board the plane, three French and one Swiss, died.

Another person on the ground died when the plane crashed into a truck, setting off a fire, Fernandes said. The cause of the accident was not yet known.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa went to the site of the crash. There were more than 50 rescue workers at the site.

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A small airplane crashed near a supermarket in a residential area outside Lisbon on Monday, killing five people, rescue workers said.

The private airplane crashed after taking off from the small Tires airport, which is located near the resort town of Cascais about 20 km (12.5 miles) west of Lisbon and used mainly by private aircraft.

Andre Fernandes, a spokesman for the local emergency services, said the plane was headed for Marseilles in France. Everyone on board the plane, three French and one Swiss, died.

Another person on the ground died when the plane crashed into a truck, setting off a fire, Fernandes said. The cause of the accident was not yet known.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa went to the site of the crash. There were more than 50 rescue workers at the site.

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The plane was a variant of the Piper PA-31T (file image). It is not known what caused it to crash

The plane was a variant of the Piper PA-31T (file image). It is not known what caused it to crash

Other news:Five people dead as plane crashes ‘on top of a lorry unloading outside a Lidl supermarket’ in Portugal after ‘exploding in mid-air’

Five people have died after a Swiss-registered light aircraft crashed into a Lidl supermarket in Portugal, investigators have confirmed.

Photos and footage taken by onlookers showed huge plumes of black smoke rising into the air from the scene of the disaster in the Lisbon suburb of Tires.

The deceased include the Swiss pilot, three French passengers on the plane and a Portuguese truck driver, emergency services operational commander Miguel Cruz has said.

The plane had just taken off from the Cascais Municipal Aerodome en route to Marseilles, France, when it ‘exploded in mid-air’ and plunged to the ground, according to witnesses.

The light aircraft is said to have crashed into a lorry which was unloading in the Lidl supermarket car park, setting several other vehicles on fire.

The truck driver was offloading his cargo at the supermarket’s rear cargo bay, around 2km from the runway, when his vehicle was set alight.

‘Everything started shaking like an earthquake and people began to scream and run in all directions,’ said a woman named Alexandra, who was shopping inside the Lidl at the time of the crash.

The Cascais Aerodrome, where the plane took off, has since said in a statement: ‘Cascais Aerodrome can confirm that at 11.05am local time, the flight of private operator Symbios Orthopedic, a P-31 light aircraft that had taken off from Cascais Aerodrome bound for Marseilles with three passengers and one crew member on board, suffered an accident outside of the aerodrome airspace.

‘The aerodrome immediately activated its emergency plans and in this way activated an internal and external response to this accident.’

The airfield has been closed while authorities investigate crash.

The current death toll of five is expected to be the final one, although it is understood four people on the ground suffered minor injuries.

The injured were shopping inside the supermarket, which is located in a residential neighborhood, and were treated for shock and smoke inhalation.

A spokesman for Portugal’s Office of Prevention and Investigation of Aeronautical Accidents earlier confirmed ‘four dead’ – ‘the pilot and his three passengers’.

The spot where the plane crashed, setting at least one house on fire, is just 150m from a local school.

The owner of a house which caught ablaze in the crash was able to run out of her property with her baby in her arms, a witness told Portuguese TV.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has arrived at the scene, where around 50 firefighters and emergency workers are already working.

The Swiss-registered plane, a Piper PA-31TR Cheyenne II, is said to have left Geneva three days ago before making a stop in the southern French port city of Marseille and continuing on to Tires.

The pilot was initially described as French although subsequent reports pointed to all four victims being Swiss.

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