Police say at least five people have been killed when a small plane crashed near a village in western Switzerland.

Fribourg district police spokeswoman Donatella Del Vecchio said no one survived the single-engine plane crash, five bodies were found at the site, and authorities are investigating to see if one more person aboard the aircraft had died in the accident.

She says residents of Tatroz saw the plane circle twice above the town before crashing nearby. No one on the ground was hurt.

The plane was flying from a small airport near Lausanne city on Lake Geneva to an airstrip in the Fribourg district.

Police had no immediate information on the cause of the crash or the passengers' identities.