Small plane crashes into residential building in NRW

Three people died on Saturday when a small plane crashed into a house in Wesel in the Lower Rhine area. The top floor apartment of the house caught fire and, according to the fire service, was completely destroyed. A woman with her two-year-old child lived in the apartment, said deputy head of the Wesel fire department, Robert Meyboom.

The child could have been rescued slightly injured. The police suspect that the mother is among the dead. The other two victims were probably the two occupants of the ultralight aircraft, said Meyboom.

The chairman of the association Luftsportfreunde Wesel-Rheinhausen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Achim Strobel, assumes that this is Airplane had just taken off from Wesel Airport. There were two men on board, he told the German Press Agency. The aircraft was the TL 96 model, which is considered a so-called air sports device.

The rescue workers found a parachute near the crash site. The police suspect that it is the aircraft's emergency brake parachute. Why the plane crashed was still unknown. According to the police, there were indications that it had previously broken apart. Several aircraft parts were found in the area.

The crash caused a large deployment of the rescue workers. Several helicopters and a rescue dog team were involved. Emergency ministers were also on site. ( dpa )