German crash: Three die as aircraft hits home in Wesel
Three people have died after a microlight aircraft crashed into a home in Wesel, in north-western Germany, officials say.
The identities of the dead are not yet known. A child was also treated for injuries and shock. The aircraft could have carried two people.
Images show severe damage to the roof of the home with emergency workers attending a now-extinguished fire.
Police told Bild newspaper the aircraft had taken off from Marl airfield.
Police chief Peter Reuters said emergency services were called at 14:42 local time (12.42 GMT), adding: “Three deceased people were found in the attic of the apartment building. They are adults. A child was also slightly injured and shocked. The microlight aircraft had taken off from the Marl airfield with two occupants and landed again in Wesel for a stopover.”
One eyewitness told Bild there had been an explosion and a fireball.
A parachute was found close to the crash site and is believed to be the aircraft’s emergency brake system.
A spokesman told Der Tagesspiegel the house was divided into five apartments.
Wesel is about 65km (40 miles) north of Düsseldorf.