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Seven dead after plane and helicopter collide in Mallorca

Part of the wreckage from the aircraft landed near houses in a rural area.

Wreckage from the crash
Wreckage from the crash
Image: Associated Press

Updated Aug 25th 2019, 4:55 PM

SEVEN PEOPLE HAVE been killed in a collision between a helicopter and a small plane on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

The regional government of Spain’s Balearic islands, which include Mallorca, tweeted that the crash happened at 1.35 p.m. (11.35 GMT).

The victims included three adults and two children on the helicopter and two local men on the light plane.

Local media reported the helicopter was on a sightseeing tour. One of the helicopter victims was Italian, private Spanish news agency Europa Press said.

Police said the two aircraft crashed into a field.

The helicopter was registered in Germany, “which doesn’t necessarily mean the occupants were of this nationality,” a police spokesperson said, stressing that an investigation into the victims’ nationalities was still under way.

Part of the wreckage from the aircraft landed near houses in a rural area. 

Spain’s caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, sent his condolences on Twitter to the victims’ families and expressed sadness at the “tragic accident.”

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