Dashcam captures 'atom bomb' inferno of Melbourne plane crash

Plane crashes near airport in Melbourne, police say
Light plane carrying five people crashes into Australian shopping mall
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22 February, 2017

"Dear friends and family, my handsome athletic big brother was killed today in a plane accident while on his "once in a lifetime" trip to Australia".

Mr Munsch died on Tuesday when a light plane in which he was a passenger crashed into a shopping centre shortly after take-off in the city of Melbourne.

According to multiple media reports, Quartermain, the pilot, was the owner of the charter company Corporate and Leisure Travel.

Steven Leane, Victoria's Assistant Police Commissioner, says the pilot tried to turn back after realising there was a problem with the engine, but couldn't.

The plane, which was headed for King Island off Tasmania's north coast, crashed into the DFO shopping centre and exploded into flames.

Five people were killed, including four Americans, in a small plane crash in Australia on Monday, the State Department confirmed.

Instagram user Lisahomegrown said she worked at Essendon Airport - she shared a contemplative post after the plane tragedy.

He said he was deeply saddened by the tragedy and extended his wishes to the families of those involved.

The fifth victim was the pilot, an Australian national. "It was a charter flight with 2 of his friends flying to another island to play golf".

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Witnesses said the plane appeared to be coming in low and fast before they saw an explosion at the mall.

Mr Munsch was a lawyer specialising in bankruptcy and banking law and a shareholder of Munsch Hardt, a Texas law firm he helped start in 1985.

Three of the passengers were identified as Greg Reynolds De Haven, Russell Munsch and Glenn Garland, who all lived in the Austin, Texas, area.

The crash has sparked new questions about the safety of the airport, given how close the shopping centre is to runways.

The plane crashed into the rear of the Homemaker Centre of the DFO centre causing a major fireball.

The retail complex had not yet opened for the day at the time of accident, and authorities confirmed that no one was inside the building at the time of impact.

Mr Washburn was an executive at Sammons Enterprises, one of the largest privately held companies in the USA, before retiring several years ago.

Essendon Airport, mostly used by light planes, is about 13km (8 miles) north-west of central Melbourne.

Plumes of thick, black smoke were also seen billowing from the crash site. The fourth American's name had not been reported Tuesday morning.


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