Fatal plane crash in Brit's French garden

10th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

VILLAC, France, Feb 10 (AFP) - A Frenchman and his daughter died Thursday when their small plane crashed into a garden in south central France owned by a Briton who was just metres (yards) away from the point of impact.

VILLAC, France, Feb 10 (AFP) - A Frenchman and his daughter died Thursday when their small plane crashed into a garden in south central France owned by a Briton who was just metres (yards) away from the point of impact.

Police said the Cessna came down in bad weather in the residential property in the village of Villac, in the Dordogne region.

The pilot, in his 40s, was killed along with his 15-year-old daughter.

The owner of the property, Tim Newland, told AFP he was at the back of his house when he heard the plane coming in low in heavy fog.

"The fog was too thick and I could not see the plane, I thought there was something wrong," he said.

"The noise was fairly close, the plane was going round and round, the noise became loud and I heard the crash," he said.

Rushing to the aircraft, he saw the occupants were dead and he called the police.

An investigating judge, Claude Bellenger, said the weather at the time was "lousy" and the pilot was not qualified to fly with just instruments to guide him, which may explain the crash.

"In weather like that, it was suicide to fly," Bellenger said.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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