Portugal plane crash: Five people killed as plane crashes into Lidl supermarket

Fiona Keating

Five people have been killed after a plane crashed into a supermarket in Portugal, according to local reports.

The aircraft had just taken off when it "exploded mid-air", according to witnesses, before plunging down into a Lidl supermarket in Tires, near the coastal town of Cascais, 20 miles west of capital city Lisbon.

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The plane crash landed on a lorry which was unloading goods in the supermarket car park. As a result, several vehicles are believed to have caught fire. The site of the accident is only 150 metres from a local school.

Black plumes of smoke rose up from the scene of the crash a more than 50 emergency workers rushed to the rescue operation.

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One woman said on Twitter: "A plane just fell all around us. I saw the plane going down!!"

"After they called the Fire Department and I think it fell more or less on top of the Lidl."

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The five fatalities are reported as the three passengers and the pilot, according to local media station TVi24, who also state that there is a fifth fatality, which was confirmed by the District Relief Operations Command. The pilot was reported to be Swiss while the three passengers were French. ITV reports that a Portuguese truck driver on the ground was also among the victims.


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