Wednesday 22 October 2014

Five killed in Alps plane crash

Published 05/01/2013 | 15:30

Five members of the same family have died in a plane crash in the French Alps

A Moroccan family of five returning home died when their plane crashed shortly after take-off from an airport near the French Alps.

The twin-engine plane hit a hill and crashed in a forest in an uninhabited area outside Grenoble, a city that is the gateway to the Alpine resorts in south-eastern France.

Bruno Charlot, a local government official, said all five aboard died. The pilot was flying his wife and their three children home to Morocco, apparently after a holiday in France.

The plane took off from Grenoble's airport and quickly disappeared from radar. Mr Charlot said the weather was clear, and an investigation is under way to determine the cause of the crash.

The crash caused a small fire that extinguished itself before emergency services arrived on the scene. No one was hurt on the ground.

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