Melbourne Plane Crash, Australia - Five Dead as Aircraft hits the Shopping Centre

Melbourne Plane Crash, Melbourne, Australia - Five Dead as Aircraft hits the Shopping Centre
Australia, Melbourne


A small aircraft plunged into an Australian shopping mall and exploded shortly after takeoff.
Four US citizens and an Australian pilot have died after their light plane crashed into a shopping centre.
The charter flight appeared to have had a "catastrophic engine failure" shortly after taking off from the small Essendon Airport, said police.
Despite the destruction, no-one was killed or injured on the ground.
Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews said it was the worst civilian aviation accident in the state in 30 years.
"Today is a desperately sad day," he said.
Melbourne Plane Crash, Melbourne, Australia - Five Dead as Aircraft hits the Shopping Centre



The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it would investigate how the twin-engine Beechcraft B200 King Air crashed soon after 09:00 local time on Tuesday (22:00 GMT Monday).
A spokeswoman for Spotlight, a retailer in the complex, said the plane crashed into its rear warehouse but all staff were safe.



Melbourne Plane Crash, Melbourne, Australia - Five Dead as Aircraft hits the Shopping Centre

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