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Australian plane crash kills five
A small aircraft has crashed in eastern Australia, killing five people and injuring another two.

The Cessna 206 plane plunged into a reservoir near the town of Ipswich in Queensland, shortly after take-off.

One of the survivors has been flown to a hospital in Brisbane with major injuries, according to police spokeswoman Kim McCoombe.

The other is being treated for more minor injuries at a hospital close to the scene of the crash.

The plane is understood to have been carrying six parachutists and a pilot from the Brisbane Skydiving Center.

"We apparently had a seven-seater skydiving aircraft that took off for a parachute jump," said Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Peter Theodore.

"It didn't gain a lot of altitude on our understanding and crashed into a dam," he told ABC News.

Country profile: Australia
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