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Swiss plane crash kills at least 5

Locals say the plane was flying to celebrate the birthday of a bride's father. Her husband, father, uncle and a friend of the uncle were reportedly all aboard with her when it crashed.

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Firemen remove the wreckage of a small plane thatcrashed today in western Switzerland. The aircraft plunged into a field not far from houses in the village. It flew over the town twice before crashing around 3:00 pm local time. The passengers and pilot could not immediately be identified. (AFP/Getty Images)

A plane crash near a small village in western Switzerland has killed at least five people, according to The Associated Press.

Described as a single-engine tourism plane, the aircraft had been flying from Lausanne to Fribourg when it passed over Tatroz village in Attalens commune and crash-landed in a field, according to the newspaper Tribune de Genève, which compiled information from the news agency Agence Télégraphique Suisse and the Vaud canton newspaper 24 heures.

The police said there were no survivors

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According to Tribune de Genève, police said none of the victims had so far been identified but the in the village of fewer than 300 residents the passengers were well known. A village husband and wife were aboard with the wife’s father and his brother and a friend of the brother. The flight had been to celebrate the 60th birthday of the father.

The newspaper 20 minutes reports that a teenager gave details after witnessing the scene.

“The plane’s crew had come to wave from the sky to friends in the village. The latter were having an aperitif on their terrace and were in telephone contact with them. This information was confirmed by the police. The aircraft must have had four to six people on board and was flying rather low. It completed several turns over the village before scraping a rooftop and suddenly crashing. Maybe it was surprised by the wind.”

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An investigation has been opened, according to 20 minutes.

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