Friday 28 July 2017

Five killed as plane crashes in Colombian capital

Firefighters spray water on a bakery set on fire after a small plane crashed into it in Bogota. (AP)
Firefighters spray water on a bakery set on fire after a small plane crashed into it in Bogota. (AP)

A small plane has crashed into a residential area of Bogota shortly after taking off from the Colombian capital's airport, killing five people and setting a bakery on fire, authorities said.

Civil aviation officials said the plane had taken off from El Dorado airport three minutes before it went down in the Engativa neighbourhood. It was flying to the town of Guaymaral, 12 miles from Bogota.

The city's police chief, Major General Humberto Gatibonza Carreno, said the pilot and his three passengers died.

One person was also killed in the bakery and seven others inside the business suffered burns, including a 12-year-old girl, officials said. Two of those taken to hospital were reported to be in a critical condition.

It was the third crash of a small plane in Bogota in 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 on to a highway.

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