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B-200 plane crashes on building: 5 deads in Melbourne - VIDEO

Melbourne, Australia - It happened at 8:58 am (local time) and after the crash the aircraft caught fire

A Beechcraft Super King Air B-200 plane crashed just after take off from Essendon airport in Melbourne (Australia) into a shopping center next to the runway. The accident occurred today at 8:58 am (local time) when the mall was still closed to the public. The personnel of the shops who were already in the building were unhurt, the 5 people on board of the aircraft died instead. On impact with the roof of one of the building of the "Essendon Direct Factory Outlets" the airplane caught fire and flames spreaded into the structure. Debris were thrown everywhere and the site was surrounded with smoke. An engine failure probably was the cause of the accident. The B-200 -with registration number VH-ZCR- was run by the company "Corporate and Leisure Aviation", whose owner Max Quatermain was the pilot of the aircraft. The airplane was going to King Island in Tasmania (Australia), where the passengers had planned to play golf. According to a local source the pilot had radioed a "myday" during take off. Police and 90 firemen worked on the crash site. The accident had high visibility for the proximity of houses and roads. The prime minister of the Austalian state of Victoria -of which Melbourne is the capital- Daniel Andrews said that it was the worst accident happened in the last 30 years to civil aviation in his Country. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) immediately deployed a team of four experts to investigate the causes of what happened. Below, a video of the accident

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