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Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has rushed to Tires, an area approximately 20 miles west of Lisbon, after a light aircraft crashed into a Lidl supermarket shortly after midday today.

According to emerging reports, the plane, which is believed to have been carrying four passengers including the pilot, exploded mid-air before coming down on top of a lorry which was unloading produce in the carpark of the supermarket.

It is understood that a house and a number of other vehicles caught fire in the aftermath of the aircraft's sudden descent in the area close to the wealthy coastal town of Cascais.

Reports from the scene state that the aircraft left Geneva three days ago and stopped in Marseille before ultimately making its way to Tires.

50 firefighters are currently at the scene in addition to emergency service workers.

All four people on board the plane have been killed.

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Five people have died after a chartered plane crashed into a shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Everyone on board was killed in the crash, which was due to a "catastrophic engine failure” which occurred shortly after take-off.

The shopping centre, located close to Essendon Airport, was not yet open to the public at the time of the crash. 

“Looking at the fireball, it is incredibly lucky that no one was at the back of those stores or in the car park of the stores that no one was even hurt,” police assistant commissioner, Stephen Leane, told the Guardian.

The pilot was Australian and all four passengers were American. 

The plane was taking the passengers on a golfing trip. 

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An Irish woman, believed to be in her twenties, is in a critical condition following a plane crash near Agnes Water, in Queensland, Australia today.

According to emerging reports, the Irish national was travelling with three other individuals when their light aircraft came down at approximately 11am on Tuesday.

It is understood that the four individuals on board were taking a day trip to Middle Island when the crash occurred.

62-year-old pilot Less Woodall has also been taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries, while a 13-year-old boy is being treated for minor injuries.

Reports have confirmed that the crash killed a British woman in her twenties, but authorities are still in the process of officially identifying her.

Commenting on developments, Queensland police acting inspector, Jane Healy, told ABC News: "Because of the location and communications, it's difficult to ascertain who the deceased was. We're still getting an ID on that."

It has been confirmed that police will be working closely with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to investigate the tragic incident.

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At least five people have died after a plane crash in Malta.

Local media reports that the aircraft was operated by the French government. 

The plane went down in shortly after take-off from Malta International Airport at around 7.20am local time (6.20am Irish time) today and is now Malta's worst peacetime air accident. 

A witness told the Times Of Malta the propeller plane suddenly tipped to its right side and "went straight down to the ground", exploding into flames.

Further footage taken from another plane on the tarmac showed the wreckage burning in a field.

Airport officials said the flight was heading for the city of Misrata in Libya. It is thought all the dead are French and were crew. 

 

All departures and arrivals at Malta International Airport have now been stopped. Flights are currently being diverted to Sicily.

Live information can be found here.

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The Made In Chelsea cast and crew have had to abandon filming a special in Costa Rica due to a plane crash.

The small aircraft was carrying four members of the crew – two senior producers and two technical directors – when it plunged into the Pacific Ocean yesterday around 6pm.

 

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Thankfully, the coast guard rescued the crew and pilot and nobody was seriously harmed in the crash.

The rest of the cast and crew were being flown over on a separate plane, however due to the incident, they are being brought back to to the UK "as soon as possible."

 

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A spokesperson for the show said: "Four of our production team on Made In Chelsea, produced by Monkey Kingdom, were involved in a plane crash earlier today in a resort in Costa Rica.

"We can confirm that all four people and the pilot are safe and unhurt. No cast were onboard.

"We are grateful to the emergency services in Costa Rica for their assistance in this serious incident. We have taken immediate steps to ensure those involved have every support locally and out priority is to return all cast and crew home."

What a scary thing to happen!

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A passenger plane carrying an estimated 224 people has crashed in Egypt.

Though all survivors were presumed dead after the plane went down in a "desolate mountain area" in the early hours of the morning, voices have been head from one part of the wreckage, Reuters reports.

"There is another section of the plane with passengers inside that the rescue team is still trying to enter and we hope to find survivors especially after hearing pained voices of people inside," an officer, who wished to remain anonymous, told the news service.

The plane, an Airbus 321 from Russain airline Kogalymavia/MetroJet, reportedly split in two when it crashed.

The tragedy occurred just minutes into the Flight 9268's journey from Russian coastal resort Sharm-el Sheik to St Peterburg.

It took off at 5.51am Cairo time (3.51am in Ireland) and disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes later, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement.     

A report from Russian state news agency RIA Novosti says the crew of the plane had complained of engine problems several times.

The plane was reportedly travelling at an altitude of 9,400m when it vanished from the air traffic radar screens.

Egyptian security officials said there was no indication the Kogalmavia plane had been shot down or targeted with explosives.

Sinai-based militants have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police in recent months, and have also attacked targets in the West.

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A new video has been released of the MH17 plane crash.

The video was taken by a traumatised couple who can be seen driving down the road witnessing the wreckage as bodies fall from the sky.

The woman recording the scene on her phone is visibly distressed and she is so disturbed by seeing people’s bodies in the wreckage that she insists they drive away.

The release of the video comes one year after the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down over conflict Ukrainian land.

At one point the man can be heard saying, “Don’t look there, what is all that? A woman was flying or what, I don’t get it.”

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have offered to help the victims’ families return to the area if they so wish to pay their respects.

“We, of course, are ready to provide all possible assistance for relatives who want to come to honour the memory of the loved ones who died,” said Alexander Kofman, the self-declared foreign minister of Donetsk People’s Republic.

However, many family members have refused to visit the area. Although the region is legally part of Ukraine, it is currently controlled by pro-Russian separatists whom many believe are responsible for shooting down the plane.

Militants deny any responsibility. A final report from the ongoing investigation is due in October.   

 

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Earlier this week, in her latest jet-setting adventure, heiress Paris Hilton was pranked into thinking the private she was on was going to crash… but now it's been reported she was in on the whole thing.

Anyone who's watched the video, made as part of an Egyptian TV prank show, will have seen Paris screaming in what looked like genuine fear for her life as the small plane plunged toward the water below. Paris herself tweeted after the event saying "Scariest moment of my life. I really believed the plane was going to crash & we were all going to die. "

The internet went absolutely crazy after the video was first released over the weekend, with many people feeling like the TV prank show might have gone too far with the "joke." 

Yesterday it was reported that Paris herself agreed that the prank was a bit too extreme and that her lawyers insisted she had a very strong case to sue the Egyptian TV show Ramez in Control for emotional trauma.

But alas, it turns out that Paris is a way better actress than we gave her credit for, as TMZ are reporting she knew all about what was going to go down when she got aboard. The gossip site claim they have gotten hold of contract drawn up by the show's producers before the prank was recorded, and the story it tells is very different to what Paris has been putting out there all week.

According to TMZ, the Egyptian company approached other celebrities first as Paris wasn't their first choice. The company sent an offer of a huge payment to several other American celebs but everyone declined except for hotel heiress Paris.

The contract reportedly states: "We will act as if something is going wrong and ask all passengers to jump off the plane!!! Of course everyone will panic, we'll be having skydivers in disguise with us on board." It then goes on to say "We will monitor the funny reactions from our celebrity guest when they fear jumping off the plane."

Speaking to reporters earlier this week, Paris said she felt the TV show took things "too far"… but to be fair, she's the one that agreed to get on board the plane for a fake crash.

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James Horner, the composer who wrote the Oscar-winning score for Titanic, has died in a plane crash.

The 61-year-old was a trained pilot and is thought to have been alone on a small plane when it crashed north of Santa Barbara on Monday morning.

One of Hollywood’s most legendary composers, Mr Horner worked on the films A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Troy, Apollo 13, as well as three James Cameron films.

He won two Oscars for Titanic which included the Best Original song award and the Best Dramatic Score award. He was nominated for another eight Oscars. The late composer boasts 158 credits for various TV and film projects.

In a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Mr Horner explained the importance of the nature of his work. “My job is to make sure at every turn of the film it’s something the audience can feel with their heart.”

“When we lose a character, when somebody wins, when somebody loses, when someone disappears – at all times I’m keeping track, constantly, of what the heart is supposed to be feeling. That is my primary role.”

Since the composer’s tragic death, tributes from Hollywood’s most revered have been pouring in.

Celine Dion, the singer of My Heart Will Go On has released a statement saying she is “deeply saddened” by the talented composer’s “tragic death.”

 

 

 

 

 

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