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(2nd LD) Light aircraft crashes in western Seoul, kills 2

All Headlines 21:40 February 28, 2016

(ATTN: ADDS photo, details in para 2-3)

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- A light aircraft crashed at Gimpo International Airport in western Seoul, sources said Sunday, killing two on board after losing communication shortly after takeoff.

Firefighters said the four-seat Cessna 172 plane crashed in a field within airport grounds around 6:32 p.m., killing the only two people aboard: a 38-year-old flight instructor, and a 33-year-old student.

Developed by the U.S.-based Cessna Aircraft Company, the single-engine propeller light plane is widely used by aviation schools.

Seoul Regional Office of Aviation said the cause of the crash has not been identified. The plane belongs to Halla Sky, a local pilot school.

Other flights at the airport are operating as scheduled, they added.

State-run Korea Airports Corporation said it opened a special investigation team immediately after the crash.

colin@yna.co.kr
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