Golders Green teenager among four killed in Ukraine plane crash

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Golders Green teenager among four killed in Ukraine plane crash

Authorities say the light aircraft crashed into a private residence in the west of the country

Michael Daventry is Jewish News’s foreign and broadcast editor

A London teenager is among four people killed after a plane crashed into a house in western Ukraine.

Hershey Wiess, a 17-year-old from Golders Green, died after the light aircraft crashed into a house in the town of Sheparivka, in the district of Kolomyia.

On board with him were Lazer Brill and Avromi Framowitz, both from New York.

Local media said the pilot Igor Tabanyuk, who had over 40 years of flying experience, was also killed.

Ukraine’s State Emergency Service said the light aircraft crashed into the private residence at around 1.40pm (11.40am UK time) on Wednesday.

Images from the scene showed firefighters battle flames billowing from the roof of a two-storey building.

There was no indication of what caused the plane to come down.

Fire crews battled the blaze for an hour before it was extinguished at 2.47pm.

Authorities said the plane was an Aerospool WT10 Advantic, a small aircraft popular with amateur flight enthusiasts.

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