Spanish authorities say three French people were killed when the light aircraft they were flying crashed in a small northern town after reportedly colliding with a vulture.

A Navarra regional government statement said the two men and one woman died when the plane dived into a small plot between two houses in Arbizu on Thursday.

The statement Friday said an eyewitness saw the plane colliding with a vulture before crashing.

The government said the plane was flying from Coimbra in central Portugal to Dax in southern France.

It said no one in the town was injured although several residents were treated for shock.