Small plane crashes next to Lisbon-area supermarket; 5 dead

A small airplane crashed near a supermarket in Tires, a residential area outside Lisbon, on Monday (April 17), killing five people, rescue workers said. The pilot was reported to be Swiss while the three passengers were French. There was no immediate information as to whether there were any casualties in the building itself.

Four people on board were killed as well as one person on the ground.

The plane crashed into the truck, which was parked near the supermarket.

The plane apparently exploded in mid-air before crashing down right next to the busy shop.

The plane came down near the Lidl Supermarket in Tires near the coastal town of Cascais 20 miles west of Lisbon.

Reports also state the blaze spread to a nearby home.

It is said to have landed on a lorry which was unloading in the supermarket vehicle park.

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

A spokesman for the local emergency services, Andre Fernandes, said the plane was headed for Marseilles in France.

Around 50 firefighters and emergency workers are now leading an evacuation of the area as they assess the extent of the damage.

  • Elsie Buchanan