Small plane crashes on rooftops in Colombia

A small plane has crashed in southwestern Colombia, killing seven people and injuring three others.

The incident occurred just a few minutes after the aircraft, which was operated by a local company named Transpacifico, took off from the airport in Popayan, a city of about 270,000 people surrounded by mountains on Sunday.

The plane, which crashed at 2:11pm (local time) was headed to Lopez de Micay, also in Cauca department.

Popayan Mayor Cesar Gomez said seven of the nine people aboard were killed in the crash. The two others were injured and were being treated at a hospital.

The third person hurt was a child on the ground in the area where the plane crashed.

Colombia’s civil aviation authority said in a statement it was investigating the cause of the crash.

Photographs on social media showed parts of the airplane scattered on the roof of houses in the area.

Source : Various