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Indonesia plane crashes after lightning strike, 4 dead

Published on Jan 19, 2014 5:55 PM
 
A light aircraft catching fire after it was hit by lightning and crashed in Tual on January 19, 2014. The aircraft crashed and burst into flames on a beach in eastern Indonesia after being hit by lightning, killing all four people on board, an official and eyewitness said. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - A light aircraft crashed and burst into flames on a beach in eastern Indonesia on Sunday after being hit by lightning, killing all four people on board, an official and eyewitness said.

The Piper Seneca turboprop was flying from the eastern region of Papua to Tual city in the Maluku Islands when it was caught in a storm around midday.

Witness Akib Hanubun told AFP the aircraft was pounded by fierce winds and rain before being hit by lightning and crashing near a village.

"The plane's left wing broke after it was struck by lightning," the 47-year-old told AFP.

 
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