Four dead in plane crash

Four people are believed to have died when a jet from England crashed in Germany, police said.

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A firefighter stands next to the burnt-out wreckage of a twin-engine business jet near Foehren, Germany (AP)

The small plane came down at lunchtime at a rubbish site near the city of Trier.

Police said in a statement that the plane appeared to be a Cessna Citation business jet carrying two pilots and two passengers from England to an airfield at Foehren, near the crash site. All on board appeared to have died.

The aircraft damaged an electricity pylon as it came down and was ablaze when firefighters arrived at the scene.

There was no immediate word on a possible cause for the crash or the identity of the people aboard.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of the reports and are urgently looking into them."

Local police said a member of the public called emergency services after seeing the plane.

Experts are on their way to the scene to investigate what caused the crash, a spokesman said.

There were no further details of the nationalities of those on board.