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Several dead: Crash of aircraft and helicopters over Mallorca


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Palma (AP) - On the Spanish island of Mallorca, a microlight and a helicopter collided - with deadly consequences.

In the disaster, at least five people were killed, communicated the government of the Balearic Islands on Twitter. Spanish media even talked about seven victims towards evening: On board the helicopter had been a couple with his two children and the pilot, two more people were on the plane.

Where the dead are from, is still unclear, said Sebastià Oriol, Security Department of Inca, the local station IB3. The disaster had occurred on early Sunday afternoon for unknown reasons near the town of Inca, inside the Balearic Island.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez wrote on Twitter: "My solidarity and condolences to the families of the victims of this tragic accident." Balearic president Francina Armengol said: "We are worried and appalled by the accident, our thoughts are with the victims."

Firefighters and police were on duty because the aircraft had gone up in flames after the collision. Wreckage of the helicopter lay on an old country road, the small aircraft crashed on the grounds of a finca, as Oriol further explained. Nearby houses were not hit, so the newspaper "Ultima Hora". The authorities started investigating the cause of the accident.

The inhabitants of the region are in a state of consternation, reported the "Diario de Mallorca". A man reported a "terrible bang". Eyewitnesses had run to the scene with their own equipment and had started to extinguish the flames before the rescue services arrived. But doctors rushing to the scene of the accident could not have done anything for the injured.

Source: zeit

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