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Three killed when plane crashes into apartment building and goes up in flames in the German city of Wesel

Three dead when ULM crashes into a hot air balloon and then crashes into the house and goes up in flames in the German city of Wesel

  • Witnesses told local media that the light aircraft had collided with a hot air balloon
  • The crash occurred in the city of Wesel, about 35 miles north of Düsseldorf
  • Firemen and police are on site and the area is cordoned off

A small plane thought to be an ULM crashed into a residential building in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, killing three people and injuring a child, police said Saturday.

The roof of the apartment building in the city of Wesel caught fire after the ultra-light plane crashed into it, a police spokesman said.

Witnesses told local media that the plane had collided with a hot air balloon shortly before the crash.

An ultra-light aircraft is believed to have crashed into a hot air balloon before hitting an apartment complex in Wesel, West Germany

An ultra-light aircraft is believed to have crashed into a hot air balloon before hitting an apartment complex in Wesel, West Germany

After this afternoon's incident, the roof of the apartment complex was destroyed

After this afternoon's incident, the roof of the apartment complex was destroyed

After this afternoon’s incident, the roof of the apartment complex was destroyed

Investigators are trying to determine exactly how the incident, which claimed three lives, happened

Investigators are trying to determine exactly how the incident, which claimed three lives, happened

Investigators are trying to determine exactly how the incident, which claimed three lives, happened

Three people died after a small plane crashed in an apartment building and went up in flames in Germany (file image)

Three people died after a small plane crashed in an apartment building and went up in flames in Germany (file image)

Three people died after a small plane crashed in an apartment building and went up in flames in Germany (file image)

Witnesses told local media that the light aircraft had collided with a hot air balloon shortly before the crash.

Firemen and police are on site and the area has been cordoned off.

The roof of the apartment building in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia caught fire after the plane crashed into it, a police spokesman said.

The people killed have not yet been identified and the fire was extinguished shortly after the crash.

The plane was able to transport two people, but according to the police, it was not yet clear how many people were on board

More to follow.

Firefighters inspected the smoldering remains before air accident investigators started their own probe

Firefighters inspected the smoldering remains before air accident investigators started their own probe

Firefighters inspected the smoldering remains before air accident investigators started their own probe

Investigators want to speak to witnesses while trying to determine exactly how the disaster happened

Investigators want to speak to witnesses while trying to determine exactly how the disaster happened

Investigators want to speak to witnesses while trying to determine exactly how the disaster happened

Firefighters spent the afternoon pulling parts of the roof down to prevent hidden cinders from causing further hell

Firefighters spent the afternoon pulling parts of the roof down to prevent hidden cinders from causing further hell

Firefighters spent the afternoon pulling parts of the roof down to prevent hidden cinders from causing further hell

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