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11 dead in plane crash in Belgium
Source : HLN.BE VTM NEWS Belgium
UPDATE A plane with 10 passengers on board who went skydiving , is around 15.40 crashed in Marchovelette in the province of Namur . The plane lost a wing according to eyewitnesses and thereby became unmanageable. Eleven people were killed , ten paratroopers - all members of the local parachute club - and the pilot . The victims , between 21 and 40 years old, participated in a maiden for the birthday of a young woman . According to still unconfirmed sources, the same aircraft have been involved in an accident in Moorsele . Involved in March 2000 In addition, three were seriously injured . The device was then reportedly patched up again . The fact that now shortly after taking off the wing of the plane has fallen , which is very unusual , therefore raises many questions.
The device that was around half past three this afternoon left , went airborne drop near Fernelmont . The single-engine light aircraft , a Pilatus PC -6 Turbo Porter built in Switzerland , just before the accident would have lost a wing which made it impossible for the pilot to maintain . Control of the device The pieces of the wing were hundreds of meters from the site of the crash found .
The plane flew on fire after the accident . The fire of Namur is called something by 16:00. According to fire the aircraft came down in a field a short distance from homes. They were not hit.
The mayor has reported that there are three open parachutes have been found near the crashed plane . That would indicate that three people have tried to save themselves , which is also confirmed by eyewitnesses . But unfortunately it was their attempt vain . A man who saw the accident happen and immediately rushed to the spot , told the VTM -News that the victim was still alive shortly after the accident . When the emergency was entitled , however, was the deceased person .
The parquet floor of Namur, a medical examiner and other technical specialists will help with the identification of the eleven victims and the cause of the accident trying to figure out . "As the aircraft after the accident in fire is flown , the identification difficult expired ," the mayor said at the VTM News .
" A coordination committee was established , but there is no phone number for the families of the victims , as they will be informed themselves ," said Laurence Mossiat , press officer of the police of Namur .
A logistics team of the French Red Cross has erected tents in the middle of the fields , which serve as a temporary morgue , a spokesperson . Three persons of the service for urgent psychosocial interventions of the Red Cross ( Service d' Intervention Psychosocial Urgent - Sisu ) are also on site to assist the families of the victims .
Milquet and Di Rupo
Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet ( CDH ) and Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo ( PS ) are just arrived in Marchovelette after 18:00. Milquet also spoke briefly with the families of the victims . "This is a terrible tragedy for the whole country," she told VTM NEWS journalist Eva Peeters . According to the minister there are both forties as a twenties among the victims .
" Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo has learned with sadness the news of the tragic plane crash near Namur " , sounds in a statement . " His thoughts are with the many victims . "
Also King Philip , himself trained as a pilot , visited the scene of the crash . He will also go through the club , where the paratroopers killed in were connected.
Flemish Minister - President Kris Peeters ( CD & V ) also expresses its condolences to the families of the victims of the plane crash .
Second accident in Champion
Striking: has happened an accident with the same type of device in Champion on June 9, 2002 . The sport aircraft , also a Pilatus Porter , with 11 people on board , crashed shortly after takeoff down at the airport . The device landed near the canteen of the airport . Amern Allison , a 23 -year-old American student , came in the crash . She would go back to New York . Few days later The other passengers were transferred with heavy and lighter injuries to hospital and survived the crash .
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