Two dead in small plane crash in Austria

Vienna, Aug 22: Two people – both pilots – were killed when a single-engine plane crashed at an airport in Austria Sunday, officials said.

The plane suddenly crashed from an altitude of 30 to 40 metres shortly after take-off at the Mauterndorf airport in Salzburg Sunday afternoon, Xinhua reported.

It rebounded against an embankment and immediately went up in flames. Two people on board – an Austrian and a German, had no chance of survival, officials said.

Airport chairperson Heinz Schlaefer said the 62-year-old pilot was very experienced and the 40-year-old passenger on board was also a pilot.

The cause of the accident was still unclear.

The Mauterndorf airport is the highest airport in Austria. Since 2000, eight planes have crashed at or next to this Alps airport.

IANS