Three people have died after an ultralight aircraft crashed into a home in western Germany, police said on Saturday.

North Rhine-Westphalia police said the aircraft crashed into the roof of the apartment building in the town of Wesel, sparking a fire, the dpa news agency reported.

The identities of the victims are not known but a small child suffered minor injures before the blaze was put out.

The aircraft, which crashed in Wesel, could have carried two people.

Police said it was not yet clear how many people were on board and the three people killed have not yet been identified.

Police told Bild newspaper the aircraft had taken off from Marl airfield.

Another four people – two Austrians aged 46 and 50, and two Swiss aged 50 and 66 – were killed on the same day after a small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, police said in a press release.

Authorities were called to the scene at 12.15 by a witness as he saw smoke coming out of the plane.

When rescue services arrived at the scene via helicopter on the 3,000-metre-high Gletscherspitze peak in the southern canton of Valais the persons on the plan had already deceased.

The aircraft had departed from the Reichenbach airport earlier in the morning.

Investigations are underway to determine what caused the incident.

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