Tuesday, September 25, 2007

DPA: Three killed as Austrian plane crashes in Romania

Bucharest- Three people were killed Tuesday when an Austrian small plane crashed in southern Romania's Carpathian Mountains, Realitatea TV reported. No-one aboard survived, the report said. The dead included two Austrians who had been doing topographical recordings for a Romanian company. The plane crash landed in a forested area near Vaideeni in the Valcea region. As the area is difficult to reach, the cause of the crash was still unclear.

The Daimond DA42 aircraft had departed from Craiova, southern Romania, earlier Tuesday. The flight was the Austrian aircraft's second Tuesday, the head of the airport in Craiova said. There had been no contact of any kind with the pilot before the crash.
A rescue team arrived late Tuesday at the scene of the crash which is far from the road. An emergency services helicopter had earlier given up the search. The plane was completely destroyed, sources said. The three occupants had probably died on impact, they added. A commission set up by the Romanian aviation authority is to probe the circumstances of the crash.

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