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Five die as plane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre

22 February 2017

A light aircraft carrying five people has crashed in Melbourne, Australia and burst into a ball of flames.

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"Five on the aircraft and looks like no-one has survived the crash", Victoria Police assistant commissioner, Stephen Leane, told a press conference.

The pilot tried to return to Essendon but crashed. "I am devastated to hear of his passing and my heart and thoughts are with his family".

The victims' wives joined them on the three-week trip but reportedly skipped the doomed flight to tour the scenic Great Ocean Road along Australian's southern coast.

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Tuesday's crash wasn't the first time that tragedy has struck Essendon Airport but thankfully it isn't a common occurrence.

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Around 20 employees were at the shopping centre, which had not opened when the crash occurred.

As some ran for their lives, residents and workers at a nearby building site rushed to the DFO shopping centre, near Essendon Airport, the scene of Victoria's worst civil aviation accident in 30 years.

The Essendon Airport and DFO have been completely closed for the day, however Tullamarine Airport remains operational.

A column of thick black smoke rose into the air as witnesses spoke of an explosion.

It gained a slight degree of altitude before crashing into the back of the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) and Focus on Furniture buildings that you see behind me.

"Felt like a bomb had gone off", he added.

'A source on King Island said the golfers were due to arrive on the island on Tuesday morning, ' the newspaper reported.

Five die as plane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre