A dashcam caught the moment a plane plunged into an Australian shopping centre, killing all of its five passengers.
The crash happened at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, yesterday, after the aircraft had ‘catastrophic’ engine failure moments after take-off.
The shopping centre which was hit is still closed and there are no reported injuries from staff who were inside at the time.
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The pilot of the plane has been named by ABC news as 63-year-old Max Quatermain, co-owner of Corporate & Leisure Aviation. He made two mayday calls as the plane veered off to the left and smashed into the roof of the shopping centre.
Local media has reported that the plane was carrying four American tourists who were in Australia for a ‘once in a lifetime’ golfing trip.
An eye-witness, called Jason, rang into ABC radio with his account: “I saw this plane coming in really low and fast.
A plane has crashed on approach to Essendon Airport. pic.twitter.com/mAVAMYNcDc
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“It went just behind the barriers so I couldn’t see the impact but when it hit the building there was a massive fireball.
“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.
“We kept driving and there was big fireball behind us.”
Victoria Police confirmed that all five people on board had died. So far, two bodies have been recovered.