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Two Britons killed in plane crash

Seven people, including two Britons, have been killed in a plane crash in the Dominican Republic, officials said.

The accident is believed to have happened early today in the east of the island when the single-engine Piper PA-32 crashed shortly after take-off.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are looking into reports of an incident involving a light aircraft in the Punta Cana region on the Dominican Republic.

"The British embassy in Santo Domingo is leasing with local authorities to urgently gather more information and stands ready to offer consular assistance if required."

The plane crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in the resort area of Punta Cana.

The pilot was apparently trying to make an emergency landing when the plane struck the ground at a golf course near the airport and burst into flames, Civil Aviation Institute spokesman Hector Olivo told the Associated Press.

The plane was en route to the Samana Peninsula off the north coast and was carrying a pilot and six passengers.

Local police said four of the passengers were tourists from Spain and two were from Britain. The pilot was from the Dominican Republic.

Civil aviation officials were dispatched to the scene and are investigating the cause of the crash.

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