Helicopter, Small Plane Crash in Spain’s Mallorca; 7 Dead

August 26, 2019 Updated: August 26, 2019

MADRID—A mid-air collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane on the Spanish island of Mallorca killed seven people on Sunday, Aug. 25, authorities said.

The victims included three adults and two children on the helicopter and two local men on the light plane, the regional government of Spain’s Balearic Islands, which include Mallorca, said in a tweet.

The five people on board the helicopter, most were German, the Balearic Islands government said on Twitter. One of the helicopter victims was Italian, private Spanish news agency Europa Press said.

Local media reported the helicopter was on a sightseeing tour. All the people on board the two aircraft were killed.

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This photo provided by Incendios f.Baleares shows wreckage by a fence near Inca in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on Aug. 25, 2019. (Incendios f.Baleares via AP)

Part of the wreckage from the aircraft landed near houses in a rural area.

The cause of the accident was not yet known. Emergency services were notified of the crash at 1:35 p.m. time in the municipality of Inca.

Authorities have opened an investigation into what happened.

Spanish acting Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, sent his condolences on Twitter to the victims’ families and expressed sadness at the “tragic accident.”

“My solidarity and love for the families of the victims that lost their lives in this tragic accident,” Sanchez tweeted.

No further details were immediately available.

Reuters contributed to this article.

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