Colombian cargo plane crash kills five crew

2016-12-21 14:15

Bogota - A Colombian cargo plane crashed three minutes after taking off in the east of the country Tuesday evening, killing five crew members and critically injuring another, officials said.

The sole survivor, a flight technician, was in hospital and would be flown to the capital Bogota for treatment, the Colombian civil aviation authority said.

The dead include the pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and dispatcher, it added.

The Boeing 727, operated by the Colombian carrier Aerosucre, was bound for Bogota from Puerto Carreno, near the Venezuelan border.

It crashed at 17:23 local time 16km from the German Olano Airport, the authority said in a statement.

Cellphone videos posted online show the aircraft nearly hitting a group of plane watchers as it struggled to gain altitude, then careening to one side and exploding as it hit the ground.

The cause of the crash was unknown, a civil aviation spokesperson told AFP, adding that a team of investigators was en route to the scene.

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