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Tuesday, 27 November, 2001, 09:45 GMT
Australia plane crash kills four
A light aircraft has crashed into an industrial district, killing all four people on board shortly after taking off from an airfield in eastern Australia.

The passengers included senior health officials from the state of Queensland.

A spokesman for the local rescue authority said it was fortunate that the plane had not hit a building.

Queensland Health Minister Wendy Edmonds told parliament: "It is with enormous sadness that I inform the house that there has been a tragic plane crash this morning with all aboard believed dead."

Police said the twin-engine aircraft clipped pine trees and power lines as it came down near Toowoomba airport, northwest of Brisbane.

The plane broke up and burst into flames on impact, throwing burning wreckage across a road running between factories.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

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