A small plane crashes near Columbia. 8 Dead

Firefighters work at the crash site of a small plane that fell over a house in a residential area of ​​Medellin, Colombia, November 21, 2022. (Jaime Saldarriaga/AP Photo)

Medellín, Colombia—Eight people on board were killed when a small plane crashed near Medellín in central Colombia on Monday, airport officials said. No injuries were reported immediately at the scene.

The plane crashed after taking off from Olaya Herrera airport, Colombia’s aviation authority said in a statement. The victims were confirmed as 6 passengers and 2 crew members. It was not immediately clear if there were more than eight people on board the plane.

The exact cause of the crash has not yet been determined. Medellín Mayor Daniel Quintero said in his statement that the aircraft experienced an “engine failure” during takeoff.

“Unfortunately, the pilot was unable to keep the plane aloft and it crashed near here,” Quintero said. Seven houses were destroyed and six others were damaged, he said.

Firefighters and other emergency personnel responded.

The aircraft, a twin-engine Piper PA-31, was moving to Choco’s western sector.

Associated Press