Trainer plane crash in Lebanon, three feared deaths

The view shows the remains of a trainer aircraft at the site of the crash at Ghosta in Lebanon on July 8, 2021. (LBCI via Reuters TV)

Beirut — On Thursday, a small trainer plane carrying three people crashed in the mountainous Keselwan district of Lebanon, north of the capital Beirut, aviation sources said.

Initial reports suggested that the pilot and two passengers were killed, sources said.

The Cessna 172, which belongs to the flight training company Open Sky Aviation, took off from Beirut Airport at 1:30 pm local time and crashed in Ghosta village 20 minutes later.

Red Cross Lebanon
The Red Cross ambulance can be seen on July 8, 2021 near the crash site of a trainer aircraft north of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. (Issam Abdallah / Reuters)

“The area was very foggy … the plane hit a rock above the house,” said Ziad Maalouf, who heard the crash in the area. “After hearing the bang, we ran out and saw the wreckage of the people.”

I was not able to contact Open Sky immediately to ask for comment.

The Minister of Public Works was at the airport and an official statement was scheduled to be issued shortly.

Maha El Dahan

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