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Three French nationals killed as plane crashes in Spain after hitting a vulture

By Daniel Uria
Three French nationals killed as plane crashes in Spain after hitting a vulture
Three people were killed in a plane crash in Spain after the plane reportedly hit a vulture causing the pilot to use control. The small Robin DR400 plane, similar to the one pictured, crashed into a residential neighborhood in the town of Arbizu while on its way from Portugal to France. No residents were injured, but some were treated for shock. Photo courtesy Frank Schwichtenberg/Schwicht de Burgh Photography

ARBIZU, Spain, May 20 (UPI) -- Three people died Thursday when a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood in Spain after hitting a vulture, local authorities said.

Firefighters and the Civil Guard identified the victims as two men and a woman, all believed to be French, after searching the site of the crash.

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The plane, a Robin DR 400 with French plates, was traveling from Portugal to France when it struck a vulture causing the pilot to lose control and crash into an alley in the town of Arbizu.

The plane initially crashed into the roof of a nearby home, before sliding through the street and hitting a parked car, a wall and a tractor.

Local government officials said none of the residents was injured, but several were treated for symptoms of shock.

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