Three dead and child injured after plane crashes into apartment building and bursts into flames in Germany


THREE people have been killed when a plane crashed into an apartment block in western Germany.

Witnesses told local media that the microlight aircraft had collided with a hot-air balloon shortly before the crash.

North Rhine-Westphalia police said the aircraft crashed into the roof of the building in the town of Wesel, sparking a fire.

Two of those killed were onboard the two-seater microlight, a fire department spokesman, told BILD.

The third casualty is probably a woman who lived in the attic apartment with her two-year-old child.

A small child suffered minor injuries before the blaze was put out.

The microlight aircraft was capable of carrying two people, but police said it was not yet clear how many people were on board and the three people killed have not yet been identified.

Police chief Peter Reuters said emergency services were called at around 2.45pm local time.

“Three deceased people were found in the attic of the apartment building,” he said.

“They are adults. A child was also slightly injured and shocked.

“The microlight aircraft had taken off from the Marl airfield with two occupants and landed again in Wesel for a stopover.”

A parachute was found close to the crash site and is believed to be the aircraft’s emergency brake system.

Wesel is about 40 miles north of Düsseldorf, near the border between Germany and the Netherlands.


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