Eight killed in Chile air crash

February 29th, 2008 - 12:41 am ICT by admin  

Santiago, Feb 27 (DPA) Eight people were killed and five others seriously injured when a small police airplane crashed Wednesday on a residential area here, Chilean media reported citing local authorities. The dead are the six occupants of the plane, and a mother and her five-year-old son who were on the ground where the plane crashed.

The plane crashed in the Penalolen neighbourhood of the Chilean capital, in a municipal facility where several people were practising sports.

Penalolen Mayor Claudio Orrego confirmed eight people died.

According to eyewitnesses, the plane - a Cessna 210 Centurion - was having technical problems and was headed for the nearby Tobalaba Airfield when it came down.

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