Daily Mountain Eagle
 Top Stories
  Severe Weather
  Bird Flu
  Mideast Crisis
 Personal Finance
  Sports Columns
  College Hoops
 Raw News
 Archive Search
 Multimedia Gallery
 AP Video Network
 in History
Jul 6, 12:58 PM EDT

Poland opens criminal probe into parachuting crash

AP Photo
AP Photo
World Video

Polish town opposes missile defense
Poland spa gets rejuvenated
Warsaw Ghetto uprising commander looks back
Drawers draw crowds at Poland underwear exhibit
Mixed Feelings About Red Baron Memorial in Poland
Latest News
Polish government survives vote of confidence

Polish hospital head fired over denied abortion

2 planes collide in air in Poland; 2 people dead

Poland opens criminal probe into parachuting crash

Buy AP Photo Reprints
Search for Air France Flight 447 Continues
Timeline of major air disasters
Prominent politicians who died in plane crashes

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish prosecutors opened a criminal investigation Sunday into a plane crash that killed 11 people - parachuting instructors and students and the pilot of the plane.

The Piper Navajo plane was carrying 12 people when it crashed and burst into flames in an orchard Saturday just minutes after taking off from Rudniki Airport in southern Poland. One person was also injured. Identities of nine of the victims are pending DNA testing.

Tomasz Ozimek, a spokesman for the prosecutor in Czestochowa, said the criminal investigation aimed to determine whether foul play was involved in the crash.

Ozimek said investigators were also looking at possible plane malfunction, human error or irregularities in the organization of the training flight.

The incident is Poland's worst civilian plane accident in several years. In 2010, Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other top officials were killed when the Polish president's plane crashed in Russia.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.