The exact cause of the crash has not yet been determined. Medellín Mayor Daniel Quintero stated in a report that the aircraft experienced “an engine failure” during takeoff.
The Mayor of the South American country’s second-largest city Medellin attributes “engine failure” as the cause of the crash, A Piper PA-31 has crashed in Colombia killing all eight onboard.
Colombia plane crashes
A small plane carrying six passengers and two crew members crashed into a residential area of Colombia’s second-largest city Medellin, killing all on board, airport authorities have stated.
The aircraft took off from the Olaya Herrera airport on Monday morning and said an engine failure before crashing into a residential locality, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air.
Mayor Daniel Quintero wrote on Twitter
“There has been an aircraft accident in the Belen Rosales sector. The entire capacity of government has been activated to assist the victims,” Mayor Daniel Quintero wrote on Twitter.
He told the plane was a twin-engine Piper heading from Medellin to the municipality of Pizarro in the neighboring district of El Choco. The plane “signaled engine failure on takeoff and did not manage to back to the Olaya Herrera airport”, 1 of 2 in Medellin.
The aircraft crashed into a house, destroying its upper floors, according to images shared by the emergency services. Firefighters were working to douse flames amid scattered tiles and collapsed brick walls.
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“There are 7 houses heavily affected and there is damage to 6 buildings,” Quintero stated. “Fortunately, at that particular moment, there was no 1 in the house that was hit the hardest.”
”Doña Astrid was saved because she had just left,” stated the mayor about one of the inhabitants of the house where the plane crashed. Medellin lies in a narrow valley, surrounded by the Andes mountains.
In 2016, a plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense football team ran out of fuel and crashed in the mountains near the city, killing 71 of the 77 people on board, including 16 players.
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