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Five dead and dozens injured as small plane crashes into bakery in Colombian capital

David Kearns

Published 19/10/2015 | 17:40

Firefighters put out a fire caused by the crash of a small plane on a bakery in Bogota Credit: El Tiempo newspaper
Firefighters put out a fire caused by the crash of a small plane on a bakery in Bogota Credit: El Tiempo newspaper
Rescue workers stand at the site where a small plane crashed on a bakery on Sunday, in Bogota Credit:John Vizcaino
Firefighters spray water on a bakery set on fire after a small plane crashed into it in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. The plane crashed shortly after taking off from Bogota's El Dorado airport killing at least five people including the pilot and his three passengers, the city's police chief, Maj. Gen. Humberto Gatibonza Carreno said. (AP Photo/Santiago Cortez)
Firefighters, rescue workers and police officers stand at the scene where a small plane crashed on a bakery in Bogot, Colombia Credit: El Tiempo newspaper
Firefighters, rescue workers and police officers stand at the scene where a small plane crashed on a bakery in Bogot, Colombia Credit: El Tiempo newspaper

A small plane crashed into a bakery killing five people in the Colombian capital of Bogota on Sunday.

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The third such crash to hit the city in as many months, the plane came down in the busy neighbourhood of Engativa.

The pilot and three passengers died when the aircraft smashed into a small bakery, setting it alight.

One person inside was killed and seven others, including a 12-year-old girl, suffered severe burns, officials said.

Firefighters spray water on a bakery set on fire after a small plane crashed into it in Bogota, Colombia (AP Photo/Santiago Cortez)
Firefighters spray water on a bakery set on fire after a small plane crashed into it in Bogota, Colombia (AP Photo/Santiago Cortez)
Firefighters spray water on a bakery set on fire after a small plane crashed into it in Bogota, Colombia (AP Photo/Santiago Cortez)
Firefighters spray water on a bakery set on fire after a small plane crashed into it in Bogota, Colombia (AP Photo/Santiago Cortez)

“The reasons for the accident were still unknown but the investigation is ongoing,” they added.

Civil aviation officials said the plane had taken off from Bogota's El Dorado airport three minutes before it went down.

It was headed to the town of Guaymaral, some 12 and half miles away.

The downing of the small aircraft is the three such incident in the last three months.

Three people were killed in August when an aircraft crashed in the Cajica area, and three more died in October when a plane smashed onto a highway.

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