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    Plane Crashes After Encountering Thunderstorm, 5 Dead

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    June 13, 2012, 7:29:21 AM EDT

    A small plane carrying a group of thrill seekers on a skydiving trip crashed in Ukraine on Sunday, killing five people and injuring the remaining 15 on board.

    The plane crash occurred Sunday about 20 miles west of Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

    After taking off, the plane encountered a strong thunderstorm which caused the pilots to turn around; however, the plane crashed before making it back to the airport, according to a report by Channel 5 television. The plane crashed in an open field, taking heavy damage with parts of the plane being shredded apart.

    Weather data accessed by AccuWeather.com shows that Kiev reported a heavy thunderstorm with strong winds on Sunday. The thunderstorm brought nearly an inch of rain in less than 2 hours while wind gusts of 40 mph were reported.

    There is an ongoing investigation related to the specifics of the crash.

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