Four people have died after a plane crashed into a supermarket auto park in Portugal, local media reports. Four people were slightly injured, emergency services said.
Four of the victims were the French pilot and three passengers aboard the plane, including two French nationals and one Swiss, the English language media outlet Portugal News said, adding that the victim on the ground was understood to be a truck driver.
The plane came down near the Lidl Supermarket in Tires near the coastal town of Cascais 20 miles west of Lisbon.
Officials described the weather at the time of the crash as clear skies with a light wind. "Suddenly I lost sight of it for just about 4 or 5 seconds and then it exploded, it looked like the missiles in Iraq and Syria", Vitor Ferreira, an eye witness said.
The Tires airfield said the plane was a twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft and was Swiss-registered.
The aircraft fell onto a lorry in the auto park below causing it to catch fire and killing the driver who was unloading goods at the supermarket's rear cargo bay. His truck was set ablaze.Читайте также: Syrian chemical attack: Specialists to examine survivors
Portugal's president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was quick to arrive on the scene after the first reports emerged.
The accident was attended by 50 rescue workers, and around 36 firefighting vehicles.
Authorities are yet to publicly identify those killed in the accident.
The injured were shopping inside the supermarket, which is located in a residential neighbourhood, and were treated for shock and smoke inhalation.
It crashed after take-off from a local airfield.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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