10 dead in plane crash in Belgium

2013-10-19 20:00

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Brussels - A plane carrying 10 parachutists crashed shortly after takeoff in southern Belgium on Saturday, killing all the passengers on board, the local mayor said.

"The plane took off from Temploux aerodrome with 10 parachutists and a pilot on board and crashed around 10 minutes later in a field. All those on board are unfortunately dead. The toll is 10 or 11 victims," the mayor of Fernelmont, Jean-Claude Nihoul, told AFP.

He added it was "very difficult" to be more precise given the state of the aircraft which was "unrecognisable" after being "burned up".

The small plane came down around 250m from houses near the village of Marchovelette, 10km from the southern city of Namur, the mayor added.

"I just saw a plane lose its right wing in mid-flight and crash. I heard a massive 'bang' towards the south of Marchovelette. I didn't see anyone escape with a parachute," one witness told local television channel RTL.

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