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Investigators probe microlight crash

Police and state accident investigators say they don’t yet know what caused a microlight aircraft to crash into a cornfield at Råde in Østfold County, south of Oslo, on Tuesday. Both men on board the small plane were killed.

Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the aircraft was a RANS S-6S model that burst into flames just after it crashed.

Witnesses told newspaper Fredriksstad Blad that the microlight was flying over a local agricultural school and had taken several rounds when it suddenly appeared to lose all power during a swing. It crashed immediately, just east of the school.

On board were a 44-year-old man from Østfold and a 33-year-old man from Great Britain, both believed to have been killed on impact. The Norwegian man was employed at the school.

Technicians examined the crash scene on Tuesday and told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Wednesday that they hadn’t yet found any clues as to the cause of the crash. 

“We have gone through the wreckage but haven’t found any technical reason for the accident so far,” Tor Berg of the state accident investigation agency told NRK. 

Berg, of the division specializing in microlight accidents (havarikomiteen for mikrofly), said he was confident they’d be able to determine the cause.

“We will examine this closely, and there are witnesses and a lot of data to go over,” Berge said. “We expect to find something before very long.”

Among the witnesses were family members of those on board. They were getting help from a crisis team, according to police.

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