Plane crash-lands near town killing pilot and two trainees

14th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

14 July 2006, SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE — A light aircraft crashed on Friday killing a pilot and two trainees on Tenerife.

14 July 2006

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE — A light aircraft crashed on Friday killing a pilot and two trainees on Tenerife.

The plane came down in an open space in the town of El Rosario. No-one else was injured.

The Cessna 172 had just taken off from the Los Rodeos airport on the north of the island.

According to the Tenerife Flying Club, the plane was owned by the Aerotec-Las Palmas pilot training school.

The accident happened at about 12.15pm when the aircraft came down in an  open area known as Birmagen.

Emergency services said they received scores of calls from witnesses who saw the plane crashing.

Earlier, the plane had left the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria.

Blas Enrique Sánchez, police chief in El Rosario, said the aircraft came down in an agricultural area.

He said that according to witnesses the plane made various zig-zag movements before finally crashing.

The three dead have not been identified.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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