Two killed as small plane crashes into Peru school

September 28th, 2008 - 12:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Lima, Sep 28 (IANS) Two people were killed when a light aircraft on an instruction flight crashed into the garden of a school in Lima, EFE news agency reported Sunday, citing Peruvian media reports. The aircraft, which had taken off from the Las Palmas air base south of Lima, crashed into the Laura Alva SaldaƱa Special Basic Education School in the neighbouring district of Barranco Saturday afternoon.

The victims were flight instructor and retired air force general David Alarcon Bullon, 50, and an 18-year-old girl accompanying him onboard the plane, a police spokesman said.

Some youngsters were at the school when the accident happened, but they were unhurt and tragedy was avoided since most students were home for the weekend.

The cause of the accident is believed to be a technical snag that prevented crew members from landing the plane correctly, media reports said.

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