Plane crashes into DFO near Melbourne airfield

Sean Ashworth, a pilot at Essendon Airport, told 7 News Online: "What we have been told is that five tourists were flying to a golfing trip at King Island".

Ambulance Victoria said officers did not yet have details of any injuries.

Essendon Airport is a small airfield mainly used by light planes.

Victoria Police reported the plane crashinh around 9am local time but have not yet released any information on the number of casualties.

"I saw the plane come [in] and [saw] the explosion sort of behind the pre-cast concrete wall". And as I looked in my rear-vision mirror I saw a ball of flame - it looks like it's hit the DFO building.

"I could feel the heat through the window of the taxi, and then a wheel - it looked like a plane wheel - bounced on the road and hit the front of the taxi as we were driving along".

"There is constant explosions going off, there is black smoke billowing into the sky", one caller told 3AW on Tuesday.

Collin Ting works at Cafe Chezzi inside the DFO food court and said he could see a lot of black smoke coming from near the airport.

Victoria police were working to evacuate the area surrounding the crash site and have advised people to avoid the location.

The plane crashed just before 9am, a police spokesman said. "Expect heavy delays on all detours", VicRoads warned.

The accident occured before the shopping centre was due to open at 10am, however it is believed some workers may have been inside.

Early witness accounts suggest the aircraft had just taken off and failed to continue its journey.

  • Larry Hoffman