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Bosnia Plane Crash: 5 Killed As Cessna Goes Down

By Associated Press 05/20/12 01:19 PM ET AP

Bosnia Plane Crash
Bosnian policeman inspect the crash site of a small sports plane, near Bosnian town of Banja Luka, 240 kms northwest of Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Sunday, May 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Radivoje Pavicic )

BANJA LUKA , Bosnia-Herzegovina -- A small sports plane burst into flames just after takeoff in northwest Bosnia on Sunday, killing the five people on board.

Banja Luka police spokesperson Mirna Soja told the AP that three skydivers, an instructor and the pilot of the Cessna plane died in the crash.

She said the skydivers had just finished their training and were about to embark on their first jump, but their plane burst into flames just after takeoff from a small airstrip in Banja Luka.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and set about extinguishing the blaze.

Video obtained by the AP from the crash site showed families of the dead hugging each other and crying after watching the plane plummet from the sky.

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