- 5 people were killed when a small plane crashed into a supermarket car park in Portugal
- The fatalities include the pilot, 3 passengers and another victim on the ground
- Witnesses said the aircraft exploded in mid-air before plunging into the parking lot
At least five (5) people were killed when a small chartered plane crashed into a car park of a supermarket in a coastal town in Portugal on Monday morning, April 17.
The fatalities include the pilot of the Piper PA-31TR Cheyenne II, a Swiss-registered plane, and its three French passengers. Another victim was hit on the ground and also died, local media have reported.
Witnesses said the aircraft exploded in midair shortly after taking off from an airport in Tires near the coastal town of Cascais about 20 miles west of the capital Lisbon. It then plunged into the car park of Lidl supermarket; killing a delivery truck driver unloading some goods.
Several vehicles in the parking lot also caught fire after being hit by the debris. The area was only 150 meters away from a school.
Four other people were also being treated for slight injuries.
About 50 firefighters and 18 fire engines were dispatched to the site to help in putting out the flame, while Portugal’s president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa reportedly rushed to the area after the news broke in the media.
Investigators have not released the identities of the five victims. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
Raw video of the incident: