Five dead in a horrific Melbourne plane crash
A massive plane crash has occured in Melbourne into a major shopping outlet after its taking off from Essendon Airport, killing all five people who is onboard. The pilot, a veteran aviator, and his four passengers, a group of American golfers touring the world’s best courses, were en routed to King Island for a golfing trip. Witnesses have reported that seeing the plane taking off shortly before 9am this morning before it suffered with an engine failure. The plane struck the Direct Factory Outlet shopping center, with an aerial footage showing a large hole in the building’s roof. Luckily, the shopping centre did not open to customers until 10am.
Miracle more weren’t killed
The Beechcraft Super King Air twin-engine aircraft smashing into the Direct Factory Outlet in Essendon at around 9am, an hour before the opening time. Although staff were preparing to the open stores, no one else has injured by the debris that has scattered widely onto nearby freeways, or when the fireball that has engulfed the plane burned through the stores and out into a carpark. But many suffered shock in the aftermath as they searched frantically for colleagues. “Looking at the fireball, it is extremely lucky that no-one was in the car park or at the back of those stores or of the stores that no-one was even hurt,” Police assistant commissioner Stephen Leane said.
Challenge for investigators
Aviation safety investigators had begun examining wreckage to determine that what caused a trusted aircraft to fatally crash into the Melbourne shopping centre. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has sent four investigators – three from Canberra, one from Brisbane – to Essendon to examine the crash site and wreckage.
“It will be very difficult because the aircraft has been carrying a great amount of fuel, because it was starting a flight, so there’s a lot of fire a lot of gas and unfortunately,” University of South Australia aviation lecturer Douglas Drury told AAP.