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A Belgian firefighter inspects the wreckage where a plane carrying 11 people crashed shortly after takeoff near Fernelmont, southeast of Brussels, on Oct. 19. All passengers on board were killed, the local mayor said.
BRUSSELS - A small plane carrying a group of skydivers crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing all 11 people on board despite the attempts of several to jump to safety, local authorities said.
The plane took off from a small airport near Namur, in central Belgium, carrying members of a local skydiving club, and crashed 20 minutes later near Fernelmont, southeast of Brussels.
"According to witnesses, a part of the plane broke off, it nosedived and crashed into the ground like a stone,'' Jean-ClaudeNihoul, mayor of Fernelmont, told Reuters.
He said three of the passengers had tried to save themselves by jumping from the plane but they were too late. All of the people on board were Belgian.
First published October 19 2013, 10:15 AM