Four dead as plane hits house

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A Russian cargo plane attempting to land at Turin airport in poor weather ploughed into a farmhouse in a village on the outskirts of the city yesterday morning, leaving at least four people dead and 20 injured.

The plane, a privately chartered Antonov 124, was making its second attempt to approach the runway at Turin's Caselle airport when its wings clipped the roofs of some farm buildings and veered out of control.

The Antonov, one of the world's largest cargo planes,crashed into a farmhouse in the hamlet of San Francesco al Campo. Its owners survived but two villagers were killed as the plane sliced into other buildings.

The pilot and one other crew member were also killed. Around eight people managed to escape via emergency chutes, while the rest of the 23-strong crew had to be cut out.