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  • 6 August 2014, 10:22

Boy Cheats Crash Death Thanks To Row Over Bed

A family whose house was destroyed when a plane crashed into it have told how their son would have been killed had they not let him sleep with them.

All five people on board the aircraft were killed when it hit the property in Balsas, northeast Brazil.

Earlier that evening Marcio Andre had argued with his 11-year-old son, Augusto Thiago, who wanted to sleep in his parents' bedroom.

Luckily the boy got his way - his room was left in ruins.

His mum Sabrina Ertell said: "It pays to be indulgent sometimes."

She described the shock of the incident, saying: "We were fast asleep when a loud sound like an earthquake or tornado hitting woke us.

"My husband opened the door saw the fire and grabbed our son and we jumped out of the bedroom window.

"My husband is very calm and rational. He just thought about getting us out of the house.

"We jumped the window and were stuck in the yard yelling for help when the neighbours, hearing our screams, broke the gate to get us out."

The Minuano Embraer plane was transporting Maria de Jesus Cruz e Silva, 87, from a hospital in Balsas to Teresina, in the neighbouring state of Piaui on Sunday.

Her daughter Francisca Pereira, and grandson Alan Patric Silva Setulvedo, both died in the tragedy as well as the pilot Delano Martins Coelho and his wife Lorena Alves de Lima.

It is believed the pilot was on bail after a similar accident in February in which a seven-year-old child died and two others were injured.

Brazilian aviation authorities have also suggested the plane was not allowed to fly as it was overdue a service.

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