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17 Apr, 2019 01:18

Plane crashes into residential houses in Chile, killing 6 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Plane crashes into residential houses in Chile, killing 6 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

At least six people have been killed in southern Chile after a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood of Puerto Montt city. Following the incident, locals renewed calls for the closure of the La Paloma aerodrome.

The Islander BN-2B-27 bound for Chaiténn crashed down on a house in Puerto Montt shortly after takeoff at 10:50 local time, killing five passengers and the pilot on board, the governor of the Los Lagos region Harry Jürgensen confirmed.

Footage from the scene showed the plane, belonging to the Archipielagos air company, burning inside a residential structure as firefighters struggled to contain the flames and prevent them from spreading to a neighboring house. One of the houses was “completely burned” in the incident, the governor said.

It appears that no one was inside the two buildings when the crash occurred. One bystander, a woman, reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by debris.

Tuesday’s crash, which happened only 100 meters away from a local school, is just the latest in a series of similar incidents that has plagued the local community for years. The local mayor and neighbors are asking the government to close down or relocate the airstrip, which has been keeping them in “constant fear” of another tragedy.

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