Portugal plane explosion leaves four dead

In Portugal on Monday, a plane crashed into the parking lot of a Lidl supermarket, killing four people.

In the town of Tires, near Cascais, the aircraft exploded mid-air right before it descended into a parking lot. The plummeting aircraft directly hit a delivery truck, which resulted in a chain of small explosions from nearby vehicles.

The plane was a Swiss-registered Piper PA-31TR Cheyenne II aircraft. It left Geneva three days ago before stopping briefly in the southern French port city of Marseille. Reports are claiming all four victims were of Swiss nationality.

While the crash landing of the plane was only 150 meters from a local school, there have been no reports that anyone on the ground level was killed or injured. However, it was reported that a house next to the parking lot also caught fire.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa accompanied the fifty or so firefighters and emergency workers that dispatched to the crash.

Video footage of the crash shows huge plumes of black smoke rising into the air from Lidl’s parking lot.

The video can be viewed below:

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