Mallorca pilots die in Girona accident

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TWO men from Binissalem died when their microlight aircraft crashed in Girona. During take-off, the aircraft crashed into a shed on a property near the airfield and caught fire.

The head of instructors at the Viladamat airfield, Jordi Sierra, was one of the first people on the scene, and although he and another attempted to put out the flames, they had to wait for the fire brigade as the aircraft was fully fuelled, planning to head to Castellon as part of a route through Spain the two men were carrying out. 

According to the instructor, the accident occurred due to several factors, including air density, but mainly bad luck, as the craft took off a little early, lifted almost three metres, but leaned to the right with its own weight, causing a wing to touch the ground and then crashed into the only nearby building. 

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There was no technical problem with the craft and the pilots were experienced.

They are believed to have died upon impact. An investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident. 

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