Five killed in London light aircraft crashMarch 31st, 2008 - 2:20 am ICT by admin
London, March 31 (DPA) All five occupants of a light aircraft that that crashed in a residential area south of London Sunday were killed, the police said. The twin-engine Cessna exploded as it crashed into a suburban residential district in Farnborough, Kent, setting a house on fire, witnesses said.
According to news reports, the occupants of the aircraft were all members of the same family.
Neighbours said they believed the residents of the house that the plane struck were away on holidays.
Police said two inhabitants of Broadwater Gardens, the estate where the plane crashed, were hospitalised for shock.
The plane had taken off shortly before from nearby Biggin Hill airfield and was reported to be travelling to France. Shortly after takeoff the pilot sent out a Mayday signal and reported vibrations.
Witnesses reported “terrible vibrations from the engine” before the plane crashed.
Four ambulances and several fire engines were sent to the scene.
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