Accident Plane suffered engine failure on takeoff, city mayor says
Firefighters at the site of the plane crash in Medellin. — Jaime Saldarriaga/AP/SIPA
A small plane crashed Monday morning on a residential area of Medellin, in the northwest of Colombia, killing the eight people at board, we learned from official sources. “There was a plane crash in the area of Belen Rosales,” the mayor of the city Daniel Quintero on his Twitter account.
The device crashed. on a house, the upper floor or floors of which have been destroyed, according to images broadcast by the emergency services. Firefighters were putting out the last flames of the blaze, amid scattered tiles and collapsed brick walls.
The aircraft, which signaled itself for the last time by radio at; 10:14 a.m. (1514 GMT) was carrying six passengers and two crew members, the company said. emergency services. These eight people died, clarified; shortly after on Twitter the airport Olaya Herrera, one of the two airports of Medellin, located in the city center, hence; had taken off the small device. The airport did not specify nationality victims but published the list of their names, all at sounds local.
An “engine failure on takeoff”
In videos posted on social media, a thick plume of black smoke was visible, rising above houses, amid the din of car sirens. Rescue vehicles rushing to the scene. “It’s a Piper twin engine covering the Medellin route to; the municipality of Pizarro in the (neighboring) department of Choco,” Quintero. The aircraft “reported an engine failure on takeoff and failed to return to Olaya Herrera”s airport.
Capital of the mountainous province of Antioquia, at the foothills of the Central Cordillera, Medellin is Colombia’s second largest city and is located in the heart of the steep-sided valley of Aburra. In 2016, a plane carrying the Brazilian football team Chapecoense crashed. in the mountains near the town, killing 71 of the 77 people killed. edge, including 16 players.