5 killed, 4 injured in Portugal plane crash

Indo Asian News Service

Lisbon, April 17 (IANS) At least five persons were killed and four others injured when a small airplane crashed near a supermarket in a residential area on the outskirts of the capital city of Lisbon on Monday, local media reported.

The crash took place around 11 a.m. (local time) near Lido supermarket at Tires in the town of Cascais killing five people -- including a Swiss pilot and three French passengers on board and a Portuguese truck driver on ground. Four others were injured in the crash.

The Swiss-registered plane, which arrived in Portugal on Friday and was flying to Marselille in France, exploded in the air and crashed shortly after taking off from the Tires airport, Xinhua news agency reported.

Fire and smokes were seen rising on the scene after the plane crashed into a truck beside the supermarket. Around 50 rescue workers were taking part in the rescue operation.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was on the site and the rescue operation was underway in the residential area.

--IANS

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