Pilot killed as small plane crashes into house in Bosnia

07:37, May 12, 2010      

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High winds or a mechanical failure may have caused a private plane to crash into a house near the north-west Bosnian town of Bihac, reported the Bosnian news agency Fena on Tuesday. The body of the pilot, Jasmin Fazli, 47, was recovered from the debris.

The owner of the house, Mirsad Buljubasic, was at home with a number of guests at the time of the crash, at about 07:20 p.m. on Monday. Despite considerable material damage to the house itself, no one was hurt, as they were all located in another part of the house.

Eyewitnesses claim that before the plane lost control its engine was making "strange noises" that they attributed to high winds or a mechanical or fuel problem. The Agency for Civil Aviation in Sarajevo began an investigation at the crash site on Tuesday morning.

Fazlic had landed in Banja Luka on his flight from Germany to register his plane with Customs officials. After leaving Banja Luka, he was en route to Bihac when the crash occurred.

Source: Xinhua


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