Five killed after plane hits shopping centre


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.
An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air crashed in a “massive fireball” into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it would investigate how the twin-engine Beechcraft B200 King Air crashed soon after 09:00 local time on Tuesday (22:00 GMT Monday).
A spokeswoman for Spotlight, a retailer in the complex, said the plane crashed into its rear warehouse but all staff were safe.
The Direct Factory Outlets centre was not open to the public at the time.