Airplane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre, five killed

Smoke and flames rise from the shopping centre where the plane crashed near Melbourne CREDIT: JORDAN FOURACRE/ AFP/GETTY IMAGES

BBC – Four US citizens and an Australian pilot have died after their light plane crashed into a shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia.

The charter flight appeared to have had a “catastrophic engine failure” shortly after taking off from the small Essendon Airport, said police.

Despite the destruction, no-one was killed or injured on the ground.

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said it was the worst civilian aviation accident in the state in 30 years.

“Today is a desperately sad day,” he said.

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