Five dead as plane crashes near supermarket in Portugal

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Five people have died after a private airplane crashed near a supermarket in Tires.

The light aircraft, believed to be carrying a pilot and three passengers, is said to have exploded in mid-air.

All four crew members were killed in the crash, as well as one man on the ground.

Andre Fernandes, a spokesman for the local emergency services, said the plane was headed for Marseilles in France.

Video footage taken by onlookers showed huge plumes of black smoke rising into the air from the scene of the crash.

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The truck driver was offloading his cargo at the supermarket's rear cargo bay, about 2 kilometers (just over 1 mile) from the runway, when the plane crashed near him.

One nearby house was also blackened by smoke, and nine people had to be evacuated from their homes.

The cause of Monday's crash is not yet known.

Authorities declined to identify those killed in the plane until their identities could be compared with the flight manifesto.

Tires is about 20km (12 miles) from Lisbon.The crash site is a auto park in a residential area between Lisbon and the upmarket resort of Cascais.Dozens of firefighters are at the scene.

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