Three killed as plane crashes in Sicily

January 11, 2007 16:32


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A small plane crashed Thursday while landing at an airport in Sicily, killing all three people on board, fire officials said. The crash occurred at the airport in Ragusa, near Sicily's most southern tip. Rescue workers and firefighters found the bodies inside the plane, the Ragusa fire department said. The four-seater Cessna had left from Palermo and was trying to land at the small airport about 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) when it banked to one side and its wing scraped the ground, sending the plane smashing into the ground, it said in a statement. Italy's civil aviation agency Enac said the plane had been built in 1973 and its last inspection was in August. One of the people killed was the Cessna's owner, Enac said. Seven months ago, there was a similar accident at the same airport, Eremo della Giubiliana, in which three Swiss tourists were killed when their small private plane burst into flames during takeoff.

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