Eight Dead After Plane Crashes Into Apartment Block
A small plane has collided with a number of buildings, killing roughly eight persons in all.
All those killed are believed to have been on the plane, not on the ground, when the collision occurred in the Colombian city of Medellin.
According to Colombian aviation authorities, the plane left Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin for Pizarro.
There were two crew members and six passengers on board the twin-engine Piper PA-31.rs.
The deaths were confirmed by the city’s mayor, Daniel Quintero, who added the plane had reported troubles with its engine before crashing.
It is understood to have broken up into three pieces following its collision, which is understood to have damaged seven buildings.
Pilot Julián Aladino, co-pilot Sergio Guevara Delgado and passengers Jorge Cantillo Martínez, Dubán Ovalle Quintero, Anthony Mosquera Blanquiceth, Pedro Pablo Serna, Melissa Pérez Cuadros and Nicolás Jiménez were all confirmed by Colombian authorities.
Taking to Twitter, Mayor Quintero said: “The accident was in the Belen Rosales area, all the relevant departments rushed to provide aid to the victims.
“It was a Piper two-engine that was going from Medellin to the area of Choco in the municipality of Pizarro.
“Taking off it reported a motor failure and it did not manage to get back to Olaya Herrera airport.”