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A Moroccan family of five have been killed in a light plane crash in south-eastern France.

The couple and their three young children, a girl and two boys, were the only people on board.

The adults were flying the twin-engine aircraft themselves. Farid Berrada, who was 46, was the head of a large painting firm in Morocco.

The alarm was raised by a man who saw the plane crash into a hillside.

“I heard a noise coming from the plane, it was as if the plane’s engine wasn’t working properly, and then there was a big bang,” said a witness.

The plane crashed shortly after take-off from Grenoble airport early yesterday afternoon. It came down near Saint-Pierre-de-Bressieux.

The cause isn’t known and no theory has been put forward.

Last November six people died when an Algerian military transport plane crashed in the same region.

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