Plane crash in Colombia leaves several dead

A small plane crashed on Monday in the Colombian city of Medellín, leaving at least eight people dead, six passengers and two crew members.

The aircraft fell to the ground after takeoff in the Belén Rosales neighborhood, detailed the Civil Aeronautics in a statement. The authorities have not clarified if there were more passengers on the aircraft.

The mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero Calle, published on his Twitter account that members of the Administrative Department of Disaster Risk Management and firefighters are at the scene “attending the emergency”, that the bodies of the victims have already been identified and that six buildings were hit by the plane, “which broke into three parts.”

He added that at the time of takeoff the aircraft “shows an engine failure. Unfortunately, the pilot was not able to keep the plane in flight and it collided in this sector”.

The Aeronautics began an investigation to determine the causes of the accident of the HK 5121 small plane that covered the Medellín route, to the center of the country, with Chocó, to the west.

In photos obtained by The Associated Press, firefighters are seen working among charred rubble.

Among the victims is the owner of the company that owns the aircraft, Nicolás Jiménez, indicated the local mayor’s office.