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Thursday 18 September 2014

Eleven people feared dead in Polish plane crash

Published 06/07/2014 | 21:17

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A policeman inspects the site of the crash of the Piper PA-31 Navajo plane in Topolow near Czestochowa July 5, 2014. Eleven people were feared killed on Saturday after the plane taking them on a parachute jump crashed in southern Poland shortly after take off, spokespeople for emergency medical services and fire services said. REUTERS/Maciej Kuron/Agencja Gazeta
A policeman inspects the site of the crash of the Piper PA-31 Navajo plane in Topolow near Czestochowa July 5, 2014. Eleven people were feared killed on Saturday after the plane taking them on a parachute jump crashed in southern Poland shortly after take off, spokespeople for emergency medical services and fire services said. REUTERS/Maciej Kuron/Agencja Gazeta

Eleven people were feared killed on Saturday after a plane taking them on a parachute jump crashed in southern Poland shortly after take off, spokespeople for emergency medical services and fire services said.

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One man in his forties survived and was taken to hospital in the city of Czestochowa in serious condition, 207 kilometres (129 miles) south-west of Warsaw.

"From what we know 11 people were killed," said Justyna Sochacka, spokeswoman for the Air Rescue said. "There were 12 people onboard the plane."

A spokesman for the headquarters of fire services, Pawel Fratczak, said the crashed plane was a Piper PA-31 Navajo.

"The plane caught fire after it hit the ground," Fratczak said.

The Piper PA-31 Navajo plane is produced by U.S. firm Piper Aircraft.

The plane, which had been operated by a private parachuting school, took off from the Rudniki airfield just outside Czestochowa, Fratczak added.

Reuters

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