Small plane crash-lands on packed Portuguese beach, killing 2 sunbathers

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A light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon on Wednesday afternoon, killing a 56-year-old man and an eight-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said.
 
Hundreds of sunbathers were on the popular beach at Caparica, 30 kilometres south of Lisbon, and witnesses said some sunbathers ran into the sea to avoid the plane. 

The National Maritime Authority said the man and girl died on the beach. Officials said they were not aware of any injured.

Wing appeared to be damaged

The small aircraft, reportedly a Cessna carrying two people, appeared to be in difficulty and wobbled as it skimmed low over the sunbathers, scattering them and spreading panic on the beach, witnesses said. 

PORTUGAL PLANE CRASH

Police officers inspect the plane after it made the emergency landing. Two people who were aboard the plane were unhurt and are being questioned by the authorities. (Andre Kosters/EPA)

 
The plane appeared to have a partly broken left wing, which hung lower than the right wing, Portuguese television pictures showed. Officials said the accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. local time (11:50 a.m. ET).

Portugal Small Plane Crash

Firefighters stand next to the small plane, which appears to have a broken wing that led to an emergency landing. (Armando Franco/Associated Press)

The dead girl had been with her parents, who were unhurt, witnesses told local television channels. The plane passed over the man’s legs as he sunbathed on a towel, they said. No others were reportedly hurt.
 
The bodies lay covered on the sand as police cordoned off the area.
 
The two occupants of the plane were unhurt and were being questioned by police.


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