Pilot dies after small plane crashes in Geneva

A 59-year-old man flying a small Piper aircraft died after the plane crashed on Friday in a field in Bernex, a municipality in the canton of Geneva, according to media reports.

The accident occurred around 12.03pm.

The only person aboard died in the crash, police told Swiss broadcaster RTS.

The identity of the victim was not immediately released.

But the 20 Minutes newspaper identified the pilot as a 59-year-old dentist from the canton of Vaud who had two practices in Saint Sulpice and Cossonay.

Geneva police said the Piper Malibu plane took off from the Geneva airport at 11.57am heading for Belgium.

“My neighbour saw the plane plunge and crash behind trees,” a resident of the village of Sézenove told 20 Minutes.

“We heard a great noise since we were just 400 metres away.”

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