Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Six killed as private plane crashes in central France

A small plane crashed Tuesday in France's central Burgundy region, killing six people, officials said.

The accident occurred a little after 11:00 am (10:00 GMT) near the village of Mouffy, firefighters said.

The single-engine TBM-700 plane was registered in the United States and was flying between Annecy, a tourist destination in the French Alps, and Toussus-le-Noble, a small airport in Paris's western suburbs.

The plane crashed into a field. Civil aviation authorities say the victims, all French, have not yet been formally identified. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

France has witnessed a number of crashes involving small planes this year including one near Lyon in September when a Cessna aircraft came down shortly after taking off from an airfield near Lyon. The plane burst into flames as it crashed into a field near the runway, killing all four on board.

And at the beginning of September, two British residents were killed when the plane they were travelling in, also a Cessna, crashed off the coast of Jersey, in the English Channel, after taking off from Dinan in western France.

In August, The Local reported how an elderly brother and sister were among three people killed when a tourist plane crashed into a field in Puy-de-Dome in central France.

Just a week earlier, two men were killed instantly when the Cirrus SR20 single-engine aircraft they were travelling in crashed in the Loire region of central France.

Tuesday 19 November 2013



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