FIVE people have died after a plane overshot the runway and crashed during takeoff in Colombia, The Sun reports. The only survivor was a flight technician who was taken to San Juan de Dios Hospital for treatment. Footage shows the Aerosucre aircraft, which was travelling to the Colombian capital of Bogota, coming back down shortly after takeoff into a field.
Unconfirmed reports have suggested the Boeing 727 struggled to gain altitude as it took off from German Olano Airport, according to the Daily Mirror. Colombia’s Civil Aviation (CCA) agency has said six people are thought to have been on board – the pilot, co-pilot and crew members.
Five people died in the crash. A statement released by the CCA said it believed the crash took place at around 5.23pm local time (11.23pm GMT). It also revealed it will be investigating the cause of the crash.
It comes three weeks after a plane which had 77 people on board crashed near to Medellin airport in Colombia. Nineteen footballers lost their lives in the devastating crash as they flew Colombia to face Atletico Nacional for the equivalent of the Europa League final.
Only six of the 77 people on board the plane survived the crash. Three footballers from top tier Brazilian team Chapecoense on board Flight LMI2933 survived. The plane, operated by Bolivian-based charter airline Lamia, was flying from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in Bolivia, to Medellin, in Colombia.
It lost contact with ground controllers on the Monday evening after the pilot reported an electrical fault.