A light aircraft exploded on Tuesday resulting five dead as it smashed into a shopping centre near the Melbourne city of Australia.
The Beech craft plane veered just after the take-off into the market near, that was still closed, next to Essendon Fields airport.
Victoria premier described it as the state’s weirdest air accident in three decades.
“Five on the aircraft and looks like no-one has survived the crash,” said Victoria police assistant commissioner.
The private charter from Essendon, north of Melbourne, to King Island, came down just short of major motorway packed with the heavy traffic of early morning commuters.
“It appears a light plane, which is a charter flight, has impacted the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) at Essendon Fields,” police minister Lisa Neville said.
The centre was not due to open for another hour and the authorities confirmed no one inside was hurt.
A taxi driver called ABC radio to tell about the incident. “I saw this plane … when it hit the building there was a massive fireball,” said the man named Jason.
“I could feel the heat through the window of the taxi, and then a wheel — it looked like a plane wheel — bounced on the road and hit the front of the taxi as we were driving along.”
Victoria police superintendent said investigations centred on a catastrophic engine failure.
The Australian Safety Transport Bureau said it had sent investigtors on the scene.
Essendon Fields had been closed and all the traffic diverted to Melbourne’s other two airports.