Four die in plane crash in Britain

31st July 2015, Comments 0 comments

Four people died when a private jet crashed into a car auction site and burst into flames in southern England on Friday, police said.

The pilot and three passengers died when the Phenom 300 jet attempted to land at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire and crashed into the nearby site.

"We can confirm that there were four people on board, including the pilot," said Olga Venner, acting chief inspector of Hampshire police.

"Sadly, there were no survivors. No one on the ground has been injured."

Footage of the aftermath of the crash showed plumes of black smoke rising into the sky and several cars on fire in the outdoor area of British Car Auctions, where vehicles were parked awaiting sale.

"I saw it when it had just happened, and could see the plane and cars in flames," said Andrew Thomas, who was buying a car when he witnessed the accident.

"The plane nosedived into the cars and exploded on impact."

British broadcaster the BBC reported that the aircraft had taken off from Milan Malpensa airport in Italy. No comment was immediately available from Malpensa.


© 2015 AFP

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