5 die as light aircraft crashes in Portugal

LISBON, Portugal – Five people died when a Swiss-registered light aircraft crashed into a supermarket warehouse in the Lisbon suburbs on Monday, April 17, rescue services said.

The fatalities comprised the pilot and all 3 passengers – a Swiss and three French nationals – who were aboard the aircraft, plus a man who was at the warehouse at the time, they said in a statement. 

Three other people were slightly injured.

The warehouse is located about a kilometer (half a mile) from an aerodrome at Tires, in the district of Cascais. 

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.

About 90 firefighters mobilised to fight a blaze, which was quickly put out. A neighboring house was also damaged. – Rappler.com