A small plane carrying eight people crashed in a residential area of Colombia’s second city, Medellin, on Monday, killing all passengers on board, airport authorities said.
The plane took off from Olaya Herrera Airport in the morning and reported engine failure before crashing into a house, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air.
The airport’s Twitter account reported that all eight people on board the plane – six passengers and two crew – had been reported as “dead”.
There was no indication if anyone had been injured or killed in the house.
“There was a plane crash in the Belen Rosales sector. All government capacity has been activated to help the victims,” Mayor Daniel Quintero wrote earlier on Twitter.
He said the plane was a twin-engine Piper heading from Medellin to the municipality of Pizarro in the neighboring department of Choco.
The plane “reported an engine failure on takeoff and failed to return to Olaya Herrera airport”, one of two in Medellin.
The plane crashed into a house, destroying its upper floors, according to images shared by the emergency services. Firefighters worked to douse the flames amid scattered tiles and collapsed brick walls.
Medellin is in a narrow valley surrounded by the Andes mountains.
In 2016, a plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense ran out of fuel and crashed in the mountains near the city, killing 71 of the 77 people on board, including 16 players.