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Eight dead after plane crashes into building

Eight dead after plane crashes into apartment block

A small plane crashed into several buildings, killing around eight people.

The crash took place in the Colombian city of Medellin and all those who died were believed to have been on the plane rather than on the ground.

Colombian aviation authorities said the plane was bound for Pizarro, after taking off from Medellin’s Olaya Herrera airport.

Eight dead after plane crashes into building

The twin-engine Piper PA-31 carried six passengers and two crew.

The deaths were confirmed by the city’s mayor, Daniel Quintero, who added that the plane had reported problems with its engine before crashing.

Eight dead after plane crashes into building

It is said to have broken into three pieces following its collision, which 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 have all been confirmed by Colombian authorities.

Taking to Twitter, Mayor Quintero said: “The accident happened in the area of ​​Belen Rosales, all the departments involved rushed to provide aid to the victims.

Eight dead after plane crashes into building

“It was a Piper twin engine that went from Medellin to the Choco area in the municipality of Pizarro.

“While taking off, he reported engine failure and he failed to return to Olaya Herrera airport.”

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