Monday, 10 December 2007

Five killed in light aircraft crash

A Beechcraft B9L aircraft has crashed near the Czech Republic killing all five people onboard.

The accident happened near Kiev's second airport Zhulyany on Sunday. Nobody on the ground was hurt.

Experts are saying the aircraft caught fire on impact whilst employees are saying it exploded in flight. All five who died are believed to be Czech citizens.

Debris from the wings, engines and the inside cabin are believed to be scattered near a barn in the middle of a field.

"Five people died," the emergency ministry spokesman said.

"There were five people on board - two pilots and three passengers. This was a small plane which was flying to Ukraine and three kilometres from Zhulyany it dropped off the radar screens," he said.

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