A dashcam recorded the very moment that a plane crashed into an Australian shopping center, killing all five passengers aboard.
The plane crash occurred at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, yesterday, after the aircraft had ‘catastrophic’ engine failure just moments after take-off.
There were no injuries reported from individuals inside the shopping center, although it remains closed.
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The airplane pilot 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 before crashing through the roof of the shopping center.
The individuals aboard the plane were four American tourists who went to Australia for a ‘once in a lifetime’ golfing trip.
A plane has crashed on approach to Essendon Airport. pic.twitter.com/mAVAMYNcDc
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An eye-witness, called Jason, phoned ABC Radio to give his account:
“I saw this plane coming in really low and fast. 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 have confirmed that all five aboard the plane were killed. So far, two bodies have been recovered from the wreckage.