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Small plane crash kills two in Austria's Salzburg

(Xinhua)

08:41, August 22, 2011

VIENNA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Austrian officials said two people were killed after a single-engine plane crashed Sunday at the Mauterndorf Airport in Salzburg, Austria.

At 2:20 p.m. local time, the plane suddenly crashed shortly after takeoff at an altitude of about 30 to 40 meters. It rebounded against an embankment and immediately went up in flames. Two people on board, a native and a German, had no chance of survival.

Airport chairperson Heinz Schlaefer said the 62-year-old pilot was very experienced and the passenger on board, 40, was also a pilot. The cause of the accident is still unclear.

The Mauterndorf Airport is the highest elevation airport in Austria. Since 2000, eight planes have crashed at or next to this Alps airport.

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