Tourist plane crash leaves five dead in France: emergency services

Five people, including four members of the same family, died in a tourist plane crash in the French Alps on Saturday, rescue services said.

The accident occurred in the afternoon, shortly after takeoff from Versoud airfield near Grenoble in southeastern France, for what should have been a half-hour flight.

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Eyewitnesses to the accident notified the emergency services, who found the bodies of four adults and a child inside the charred remains of the plane.

About 60 firefighters were deployed to the scene to put out the fire.

Grenoble prosecutors have ordered an investigation into what happened, regional officials said.

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