A small plane has collided with a number of buildings, killing roughly eight persons in all. All persons killed are believed to have been aboard the plane, not on the ground, when the incident occurred in the Colombian city of Medellin.
According to Colombian aviation officials, the plane left Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin towards Pizarro.
There were two crew members and six passengers on board the twin-engine Piper PA-31.
The mayor of the city, Daniel Quintero, confirmed the fatalities and noted that the plane had reported engine problems prior to impact.
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.
“The accident occured in the Belen Rosales neighborhood, all the relevant departments raced to render aid to the victims,” Mayor Quintero wrote on Twitter. It was a Piper two-engine aircraft flying from Medellin to the Choco neighborhood in the Pizarro municipality.
When it took off, it reported a motor failure and was unable to land at Olaya Herrera Airport.
- Tijani Pepper is a news reporter at Panel News, and gistreportar. He is a passionate journalist in Politics, Sports development and investigative journalism.
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