Portugal plane crash: Five dead in Tires near Lisbon

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Five people have died after a private airplane crashed near a supermarket in Tires.

The plane is believed to have exploded in mid-air before crashing near the supermarket warehouse in a residential area shortly after noon (11am GMT).

All four crew members were killed in the crash, as well as one man on the ground.

Portuguese media say the victims were the pilot, three passengers and a lorry driver, whose vehicle was hit.Three of the dead were French citizens and one Swiss, reports say.

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Officials described the weather at the time of the crash as clear skies with a light wind.

The truck driver was offloading his cargo outside the supermarket when the plane crashed near him.

The Tires airfield said the plane was a twin-engine Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft and was Swiss-registered.

Four people were slightly injured in the incident, emergency services said.

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President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa went to the site of the crash.

Authorities declined to identify those killed in the plane until their identities could be compared with the flight manifesto.

Several cars are reported to have caught fire, and TV124 reports that a nearby house also caught fire.

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