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Two sunbathers die as a plane crash lands on Portuguese beach

By Jill Goligher

Two people have been killed after a light aircraft made an emergency landing on a beach in Lisbon.

The two sunbathers, a 56-year-old man and an eight year old girl, died after they were unable to avoid the plane.

Portuguese authorities have said hundreds of sunbathers were on the popular Caparica beach at the time.

A young witness told Reuters news agency: "I was near the water when I saw the plane.  I called my parents, the plane fell on the sand and ran over two people, fatally hurting them and another was injured, I think, but I'm not sure, people were running away."

The plane's two occupants were unharmed and were being questioned by officers from Portugal's national maritime police.

The two sunbathers, a 56-year-old man and an eight-year-old girl, died while others ran into the sea when the plane came down on Wednesday.

According to footage, the plane appeared to have a partly broken wing and appeared to be in difficulty as it skimmed over the tourist ridden beach.

Witnesses stated that the place appeared to be gliding, as they heard no engine noise.

The victims were hit by the plane, the commander of the port of Lisbon, Jose Isabel, confirmed.

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