Small plane crashes next to Lisbon supermarket; 5 dead

2017-04-17 17:10
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Lisbon - A small plane crashed beside a supermarket near Lisbon on Monday, killing four people on board the aircraft and one on the ground. Four people were slightly injured, emergency services said.

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

The Swiss-registered plane crashed shortly after a noon takeoff from Tires aerodrome, about 20km west of the Portuguese capital, Cruz said.

The truck driver was offloading his cargo at the supermarket's rear cargo bay, which is about 2km from the runway, when the plane crashed near him. His truck was in flames.

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

About three dozen firefighting vehicles were sent to the scene, officials said. One nearby house was blackened by smoke.

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