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Small Plane Hits Shut Village Coffee Shop in Greece

Small Plane Hits Shut Village Coffee Shop in Greece

Monday, 3 August, 2020 - 13:30
A small plane lays on a building after a crash in the village of Proti, near Serres town, northern Greece, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. The single-engine plane crashed on Monday morning into the front of a small building but no injuries were reported and the pilot of the Cessna aircraft is well. (Ilias Kotsireas/InTime News via AP)

Police said the accident occurred during a morning training flight. The 19-year-old pilot, who was flying solo, apparently lost control of the light aircraft and hit a large tree in the main square of Proti, a village in the Serres area east of Thessaloniki.


The tree broke the force of the crash and the plane proceeded to hit a first-floor balcony above the coffee shop before settling with its tail on the ground against the building's facade, without catching fire. The coffee shop was closed at the time.


The pilot was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, while nobody else was hurt.


Police said that the young man lived in a nearby village, and that his mother, who works in Proti, was at her work at the time of the crash.


The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.


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