Eight dead in plane crash in Colombia
A light plane carrying eight people crashed into a residential area of ??Colombia’s second-largest city, Medellin, on Monday, killing everyone on board, airport authorities said.
The plane took off from Olaya Herrera Airport in the morning and reported an engine failure before crashing into a house and spewing thick plumes of black smoke into the air.
The airport’s Twitter account reported that the eight people on the plane – six passengers and two crew members – had been reported as “dead”.
There was no indication if anyone in the house had been injured or killed.
“There has been an airplane accident in the Belen Rosales sector. The government has been fully activated to help the victims,” ??Mayor Daniel Quintero previously wrote on Twitter.
He said the plane was a twin-engine Piper en route from Medellin to the municipality of Pizarro in the neighboring department of Choco.
The plane “reported an engine failure on takeoff and failed to return to Olaya Herrera Airport,” one of two in Medellin.
The plane crashed into a house, destroying the upper floors, according to images obtained by the emergency services. Firefighters worked to put out the blazes between scattered tiles and collapsed brick walls.
Medellin is situated in a narrow valley surrounded by the Andes.
In 2016, a plane belonging to Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense ran out of fuel and crashed in the mountains near the city, killing 71 of the 77 people on board, including 16 players.