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Private jet crashes into Malaysia’s highway, at least 10 dead

Private jet crashes into Malaysia’s highway, at least 10 dead

Kuala Lumpur: A small aircraft with eight people onboard crashed in Malaysia's suburb in central Selangor state on Thursday, killing at least ten people, police said.

The plane was believed to be en route from the northern resort island of Langkawi to the Subang airport in Selangor when it was believed to have encountered difficulties and crashed onto the highway near Shah Alam.

According to Shah Alam district police chief Mohamad Iqbal Ibrahim, it appeared that all the passengers on the plane had perished and their bodies have been recovered.

The two killed on the ground were the driver of a car and a motorcyclist. Both vehicles were hit by the aircraft in the crash.

Civil aviation authorities confirmed there were only six passengers and two crew members on board the plane.

The eyewitnesses said that the airplane exploded upon impact, with some of the debris from the crash hitting a motorcycle.

Videos of the incident shared on social media showed fire and plumes of black smoke rising from the crash site on a grassy lawn by the side of a main highway in Shah Alam. Part of the road was seen covered in thick soot.

Police and firemen have been deployed to the scene.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke is expected to release further details at a news conference later Thursday.

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