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Belgian plane crash kills skydivers

A plane carrying skydivers has crashed in southern Belgium, killing all 11 people on board.

Twenty minutes after the aircraft took off from a small airfield close to Namur, witnesses suddenly saw the plane lose height very quickly, then crash in a field near Fernelmont town, said its mayor, Jean-Claude Nihoul.

The skydivers "were not able to jump out," Mr Nihoul said. Ten skydivers and the pilot were killed and no one was hurt on the ground, he said, adding that three parachutes were found near the crash site.

Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo immediately confirmed the news of the crash and said his thoughts are with the families of the victims.

AP

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