Dashcam captures 'atom bomb' inferno of Melbourne plane crash

Five people were killed, including four US citizens, when a plane crashed into a shopping complex in suburban Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday morning, according to police.

The twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air plane suffered engine failure and crashed into the mall near the end of the runway at Essendon Airport, according to Victoria state police assistant commissioner Stephen Leane. Witnesses said massive ball of flames could be seen after the plane hit the buidling.

Moments later, his Beechcraft B200 King Air crashed into a Direct Factory Outlets (DFO) shopping centre, killing himself and his four U.S. passengers.

Head of the government of Victoria State Daniel Andrews said that the today crash is the largest crash in the civil aviation of the state in the last 30 years.

The Age Washburn's neighbour Russell Munsch was also on the golf trip.

"It was a charter flight with 2 of his friends flying to another island to play golf".

"It appears to be a very, very tragic accident that has occurred out there", Police Minister Lisa Neville said.

Pilot Max Quartermain and U.S. citizens Greg Reynolds De Haven, Russell Munsch, Glenn Garland were among those who died in the fiery crash into Essendon DFO on Tuesday.

Melbourne Airport will help take air traffic from Essendon Airport, which will remain closed while an investigation into Tuesday's fatal crash takes place.

She confirmed that "Russ was killed in a plane crash in Australia", and advised friends to "hug your loved ones, you never know".

"It takes some of that pressure off big global and domestic passenger planes, that therefore get to use Tullamarine without having to queue up behind some private plane".

Four Americans, including a retired agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were killed Tuesday in a plane crash in Australia, authorities said.

"Any tragedy that happens that's associated with the island does affect all of us", he said.

Plumber Michael Howard, 29, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation he saw a "blue flash".

"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", he said.

Firefighters work to bring the blaze at the shopping centre under control.

Max Quartermain, 63, and his four passengers were killed after the charter plane they were on ploughed into the Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) shopping center in Essendon in Melbourne's north at 09:00 am local time on Tuesday.

  • Leroy Wright