Lightning strikes light aircraft in Indonesia killing four

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    Four people have been killed after lightning struck a light aircraft in Indonesia causing it to crash and burst into flames.

    Witness Akib Hanubun, 47, said the aircraft was pounded by fierce winds and rain before being hit by lightning and crashing near a village.

    He said: 'The plane's left wing broke after it was struck by lightning. Then the plane appeared to tilt to one side before crashing to the ground loudly and bursting into flames.'

    All four passengers of this twin-engine aircraft died instantly after it was hit by lightning and crashed

    He told AFP that rescuers pulled out 'four completely charred bodies from the wreckage. It was the most frightening sight'.

    Transport ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan confirmed that all four people on board the aircraft were killed instantly.

    'They were the pilot, two engineers and a ground handler,' he said.
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