The toll is heavy. Four people died in a plane crash overnight Friday to Saturday on Lifou Island, New Caledonia, said the government of New Caledonia. The small aircraft, of the Mooney M20F type, which had just taken off from Wanaham-Lifou aerodrome, crashed a few meters from a house where a family lived.
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An engine problem?
At the scene of the accident, the first observations were made by the investigators of the air transport brigade from La Tontouta airport (National Gendarmerie). Residents of Lifou residing in the area of Wanaham airfield and quoted by the New Caledonia TV channel 1st say they heard “a strange noise, like an engine problem” before the aircraft crashed.