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Seven people die after chopper collides with small plane

By Jay Jackson, Cleveland News
26 Aug 2019, 02:05 GMT+10

MALLORCA, Spain - A mid-air collision between a helicopter and a small plane on a tourist resort island in Spain has left seven people dead.

The regional government of the Spanish Balearic Islands, the biggest of which is Mallorca (which is also known as Majorca), confirmed that 7 people have been killed. Earlier reports had put the number of deaths at five.

The tragedy occurred around 1:35pm Sunday local time at Inca, a town of about 26,000 people on Mallorca.

The two aircraft are believed to have crashed on to a farm property after colliding.

"7 people have died in the plane crash in Inca between a helicopter where three adults and two minors flew and an ultra-light aircraft that traveled by two adults," the Baleraric Islands regional government said in a statement.

"We continue with concern and shock the incident that took place in Inca. The emergency teams work right now on the site of the event and the councilor Isabel Castrofer moves there. Our thoughts are with the victims," the statement added.

It is understood the president of the Balearic Islands government travelled to the scene.

"My solidarity and love for the families of the victims that lost their lives in this tragic accident," Spanish acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez posted on Twitter Sunday.

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