Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mallorca: Small plane crash kills 3 on Spanish island; pilot badly injured

Spanish officials say the pilot of a small plane carrying three passengers is the only person to survive a crash on the island of Mallorca.

The Cessna 172 single-engine plane took off from the island's Son Bonet de Marratxi airfield just after 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) Friday, failed to gain altitude and crashed into a nearby field, a regional Interior Ministry spokesman said.

Two men and a woman, all Spanish nationals, died in the accident and the pilot was rescued from the flaming wreckage, the spokesman said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.