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A light aircraft crash. Photo by Hagai Ofen
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Four people were killed Thursday when a light aircraft crashed in Haifa's airport.

According to initial reports, the pilot reported a malfunction and requested to conduct an emergency landing. After turning back toward the airport, the pilot lost control of the plane, causing it to crash and burn in a thicket near the Haifa Airbase Technical School. Firefighters were able to put out the fire.

The pilot turned around back towards the runway to land the damaged aircraft, but lost control of the plane after it clipped the canopies of some tall trees in a grove just outside the airbase. The plane went down in flames close to some residential buildings at the nearby school.

Four people were on board the Cherokee light aircraft when it crashed - a flight instructor and three students. Magen David Adom rescue services reported that three people were dead at the site of the crash. A short while later, the fourth passenger was also found dead.

Last month, two people died in a similar crash in northern Israel.

A Cessna 172 light aircraft took off from Herziliya airfield, and reported engine failure four kilometers from Rosh Pina, not far from the village of Tuba-Zangariyye.

As it neared the landing strip at 10:00 A.M., the plane crashed, with paramedics reporting that it had completely incinerated on impact.