Plane crashes into mall in Australia, killing 5

22 February, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Essie Rivera

The Homemaker section of the DFO shopping centre, where the plane crashed shortly after takeoff this morning, has both Good Guys and Spotlight outlets.

"We felt just everything shake and a massive explosion and a fireball go up", he said.

Angelo, who works nearby, told Channel 7 he grabbed a fire extinguisher but couldn't get close enough to help.

"It was just adrenaline", he said.

A spokeswoman for Airservices Australia said flights in and out of Melbourne's main airport were not affected. Photo: Ten NewsThe damage at the back of the DFO building where the plane hit. "Staff are being offered counselling".

"(For) those working in and around DFO and Essendon Airport, we will work to make sure they get access to talk through those issues about the trauma they have experienced", he said.

Ambulance and fire crews responded to the incident.

The airport, which is about 15 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD, has been operating since 1919.

"ATSB will be investigating".

They will also outline the next steps their investigation.

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The plane was carrying five golfers bound for King Island courses, The Advocate newspaper in Tasmania is reporting.

"At this stage the advice we have is there are no fatalities other than on the aircraft itself", said the commissioner.

"It falls to me to extend our sympathies, our best wishes, our prayers and through whatever we can do, our practical support, to the families of those who have been killed at Essendon Airport this morning", Andrews said.

The U.S. Embassy in Canberra confirmed that the four victims besides the pilot were U.S. citizens.

The retail complex had not yet opened for the day at the time of accident, and authorities confirmed that no one was inside the building at the time of impact.

Carol Holst, a cousin of Munsch, posted a picture of him, saying: "Russ was killed in a plane crash in Australia today".

The shopping centre is on the edge of Essendon airport.

Flight Aware also lists previous flights between Albury and Bendigo, Mt Gambia and Kingscote and a 25-minute trip between Bendigo and Essendon. The golfing buddies were headed to King Island to play golf, having already played at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Sunday and Cheltenham's Kingston Heath Golf Club on Monday.

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