Six killed as small plane crashes in France

A small plane crashed Tuesday in France's central Burgundy region while flying in bad weather, killing six people, officials said.

The crash occurred a little after 11:00 am (1000 GMT) in a field near the village of Mouffy, firefighters said.

The victims were all French.

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The single-engine TBM-700 plane was registered in the United States, according to RTL radio, and was flying between Annecy, a tourist destination in the French Alps, and Toussus-le-Noble, a small airport in Paris's western suburbs.

"There was heavy fog" at the time of the crash, Mouffy's mayor Jean Desnoyers said, but added that the accident could be due to a technical problem.

He said several witnesses reported that the plane sounded like it was having engine trouble, one describing "a strange whistling noise".

The plane broke into pieces when it hit the field, scattering debris over a radius of 300 metres (1,000 feet). The bodies have not yet been recovered.

Several small planes have crashed in France this year, including a Cessna that came down late last month after taking off near Lyon, killing all four people on board.

by Sarah BENHAIDA © 2013 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Nov 19, 2013