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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 October, 2003, 18:28 GMT 19:28 UK
Serbia wedding guests 'down plane'
By Matthew Price
BBC correspondent, Belgrade

Guests at a wedding in central Serbia have apparently shot down a small aircraft by mistake.

They were celebrating in the traditional way - firing off shot after shot into the air above the wedding party.

Unfortunately, there was a two-seater aircraft flying overhead.

One eye-witness told reporters the plane was shot in the left wing.

He saw flames coming from the aircraft which a few moments later it flew into overhead power-cables.

Two men on board are reported to have been seriously injured.

Firing weapons is a common way of celebrating here.

The Serbian Government has run public health campaigns warning of the obvious dangers.

Nevertheless, there are often injuries and even the occasional death following major sporting victories and New Year parties.


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