Five dead after plane crashes near Lidl in Portugal

Members of the public look on in horror


"When taking off, the plane hit a truck that was parked in the supermarket".

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

The aerodrome issued a statement saying that the plane belonged to Symbios Orthopaedics, a company based near Lausanne, Switzerland that specialises in orthopaedic prosthetics.

It had four people on board - one crew member and three passengers, when it crashed.

The Swiss-registered plane crashed shortly after a noon take-off from the small Tires airfield, 12 miles west of Lisbon, emergency services operational commander Miguel Cruz said. Four people were slightly injured, emergency services said.

Pictures from the scene showed plumes of smoke billowing high above residential buildings in the aftermath of the incident.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was on the site and the rescue operation was underway in the residential area.

The accident was attended by 50 rescue workers, and around 36 firefighting vehicles.

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

The pilot was reported to be Swiss and the three passengers French.

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