Four die in small plane crash at airport in Osaka


All four people aboard a light aircraft died Saturday when it crashed while attempting to land at an airport in Osaka Prefecture, local firefighters said.

According to preliminary information provided by the transport ministry, the plane crashed on a taxiway at Yao Airport at around 4:20 p.m. after aborting its initial landing attempt.

The plane apparently had trouble while it was trying to climb to make a second run.

Television footage showed a severely damaged fuselage with broken wing tips.

The crashed plane was sprayed with fire-retardant foam and later covered with a blue tarp by firefighters and police.

The Mooney M20c single-engine aircraft began its journey from Kobe Airport in Hyogo Prefecture.

A 34-year-old woman living near the airport said she did not hear the crash but was surprised when fire trucks and police cars started rushing to the scene of the incident.

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