AT least eight people are feared dead after a plane crashed into an apartment block in Colombia.

Footage showed thick black smoke billowing from a building in the city of Medellín after the fireball crash.

Thick black smoke was seen pouring from an apartment building in the city

The pilot is said to have reported engine failure shortly after taking off[/caption]


The jet was on route from Medellín to Pizarro with eight people on board[/caption]

Mayor Daniel Quintero said: “There has been a plane accident in the Belen Rosales sector.

“The full capacity of government has been activated to assist the victims.”

Quintero said the jet – a twin-engine Piper – was on route from Medellín to Pizarro in the neighbouring region of Chocó.

Eight people were on board, according to reports.

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The pilot is said to have reported engine failure shortly after taking off – but couldn’t make it back to the Olaya Herrera Airport.

Fifteen fire engines raced to the scene to tackle the blaze.

It’s not clear if anyone was injured inside the apartment building.

Air accident investigators are said to be probing the cause of the crash.

Medellin lies in a narrow valley, surrounded by the Andes mountains.

In 2016, a plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense football team ran out of fuel and crashed in the mountains near the city, killing 71 of the 77 people on board, including 16 players.


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