Small plane crashes in Colombia capital; 4 dead, 12 injured

Colombia(Reuters): A small plane crashed into a residential area of Bogota shortly after taking off from the capital’s airport, setting a bakery on fire and killing all four people on the aircraft and injuring a dozen people on the ground, authorities said.

Firefighters, rescue workers and police officers stand at the scene where a small plane crashed on a bakery in Bogota, Colombia

Firefighters, rescue workers and police officers stand at the scene where a small plane crashed on a bakery in Bogota, Colombia Reuters

Civil aviation officials said the plane had taken off from Bogota’s El Dorado airport just minutes before it went down on Sunday in the Guaymaral neighborhood. The city’s police chief, Major General Humberto Gatibonza Carreno said that the pilot and his three passengers died.

All 12 people injured were inside the bakery and were taken to hospitals with burns, the fire department reported. There was no immediate word on their condition.

It was the third crash of a small plane in Bogota in three months. Three people were killed in August when an aircraft crashed in the Cajica area, and three more died in October when a plane smashed onto a highway.