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Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Five dead in Lisbon supermarket plane crash

Five dead in Lisbon supermarket plane crash

The plane reportedly exploded soon after takeoff before crashing in the carpark of a Lidl supermarket. Four people were slightly injured, emergency services said.

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

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. Officials said that the crash happened amid clear skies and a light wind. The crash occurred about 150 metres from an elementary school.

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Several cars are reported to have caught fire, and TV124 reports that a nearby house also caught fire.

The scene of the accident was attended by 50 rescue workers, and around 36 firefighting vehicles.

"There are four dead, the pilot and his three passengers", a spokesman for Portugal's Office of Prevention and Investigation of Aeronautical Accidents told AFP, saying further details about the incident and the fatalities were not immediately known.

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