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One killed as light aircraft crash lands at eastern France airport

One person was killed when a light aircraft crashlanded at an airport in eastern France on Wednesday, airport managers said.

One killed as light aircraft crash lands at eastern France airport
Photo: AFP

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear but it forced the closure of the main runway at the EuroAirport Bale-Mulhouse near the Swiss border.

The plane was a Piper PA-34 which “crashed as it was preparing to land near the main North-South runway and caught fire”, airport management said in a statement.

It was not immediately known if there were any other people aboard the aircraft.

According to local press reports, the airport was blanketed by fog at the time of the accident in the late afternoon.

PLANE CRASH

Father and twin daughters die in light plane crash in France

A father and his twin teenage daughters died on Monday when their light aircraft crashed in central France in as yet unexplained circumstances, the rescue services said.

Father and twin daughters die in light plane crash in France
Mountain range in France's Puy-de-Dome department. Photo: Alpha du centaure/Flickr

“The accident occurred at 12:30 pm (1030 GMT). The plane crashed and broke up without catching fire,” the rescue services said, confirming a report in the local La Montagne newspaper.

The circumstances of the accident, which involved a single-engine two-seater aircraft, were not yet clear.

“The weather conditions were actually quite good at the time of the accident,” the rescue services said.

The crash occurred in a mountainous area in the Mazoires commune of the Puy-de-Dome department.

The father, who was said to be aged “about 40” and his 14-year-old twin daughters were from the Paris region.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash.

There has already been a number of accidents involving light aircraft in France this summer, including one in the Ardennes on July 28 in which the pilot and one of three passengers were killed.

Two people were also killed on July 17 when their aircraft crashed in Corsica and two others will killed in accident in Les Mureaux, northwest of Paris.  

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