Training Aircraft Crashes in Lebanon, Three Feared Dead

By Reuters
July 8, 2021Middle East
Training Aircraft Crashes in Lebanon, Three Feared Dead
A view shows the wreckage of a training aircraft at the site of its crash in Ghosta, Lebanon, on July 8, 2021 in this screengrab taken from an LBCI footage. (LBCI via Reuters TV)

BEIRUT—A small training aircraft with three people onboard crashed on Thursday in Lebanon’s mountainous Keserwan district, north of the capital Beirut, aviation sources said.

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

The Cessna 172 plane belonged to flight training firm Open Sky Aviation and had taken off from Beirut airport at 1.30 p.m. local time before crashing 20 minutes later in the village of Ghosta.

Crash Site Lebanon
A view shows the crash site of a training aircraft in Ghosta, Lebanon, on July 8, 2021. (LBCI via Reuters TV)

“It was very foggy in the area … the airplane hit rocks above a house,” Ziad Maalouf, who was in the area and heard the crash, said. “After hearing the bang we ran out and we saw the remains of people.”

Open Sky could not immediately be reached for comment.

The minister of public works was at the airport and an official statement was expected soon.

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