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Three killed as Portuguese air force plane catches fire

LISBON: Three Portuguese air force personnel were killed and four others injured on Monday when their C-130 military transport plane caught fire as it was preparing to take off from an air base south of Lisbon, the emergency services said.

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There were seven people on board the plane which was on a training exercise, the air force said in a statement

The four injured staffers were rushed to hospital where one was said to be in a serious condition.

An enquiry has been opened into the cause of the accident which happened at the Montijo air base in a suburb of the Portuguese capital.

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