The crash site. REUTERS/Maciej Kuron/Agencja Gazeta
Eleven people were feared killed after a plane taking
them on a parachute jump crashed in southern Poland shortly
after take off, spokespeople for emergency medical services and
fire services said.
One man in his forties survived and was taken to hospital in
the city of Czestochowa in serious condition, 207 kilometres
(129 miles) south-west of Warsaw.
"From what we know 11 people were killed," said Justyna
Sochacka, spokeswoman for the Air Rescue said. "There were 12
people onboard the plane."
A spokesman for the headquarters of fire services, Pawel
Fratczak, said the crashed plane was a Piper PA-31 Navajo.
"The plane caught fire after it hit the ground," Fratczak
The Piper PA-31 Navajo plane is produced by U.S. firm Piper
The plane, which had been operated by a private parachuting
school, took off from the Rudniki airfield just outside
Czestochowa, Fratczak added.