A light plane has crashed into the roof of a shopping mall in Melbourne; second largest city in Australia that left five people dead including four Americans, Australian authorities has announced confirmation.
The State Department has mentioned in statement that the twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air plane broke down into a shopping center that located close to end of the runway at Essendon Airport. The plane lost its control shortly after taking off at nearly 5 pm ET Monday (9:00 a.m. local time).
Some onlookers told media and police officials that a massive fireball came out on way of the plane and there came a heavy explosion. Though, police officials reported media that no other person was injured or died from this location even fatalities emerged on board the aircraft.
However, the assistant police commissioner for Victoria state, Stephen Leane told reporters, unexpected incident took place about over 30-minute before the shopping center was due to open, while no one has reported regarding any survivor of the crash.
The Australian authorities also described that the twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air plane first crashed into car park of the shopping mall and then hit building, while catastrophic engine failure is believed to be cause behind the break down but nothing is confirmed yet.
While, the State Department said in its account that identifications of four Americans are still under confirmation that were on board, although the pilot is reported to be most experienced aviator.
Nevertheless, an official from the State Department expressed deepest condolences to victims’ family members. According to latest Australian media reports, the twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air plane was bound for King Island in Bass Strait between the mainland and the southern island state of Tasmania.
The latest plane crash shopping mall in Melbourne didn’t affected other flights in city’s main air port, though Essendon Airport that exclusively utilized by light jet, would be closed until authorities approval.