Pilot and five passengers are killed after a private jet crashes into a house just moments after taking off in Chile
- A private aircraft transporting five employees crashed into a home in southern Chile on Tuesday morning
- The jet departed La Paloma private airport and was headed to the city of Chaitén when it suddenly plunged from the sky
- Fortunately there were no residents inside the home, located in Puerto Montt
- There were people inside a house next to the home that was was destroyed, but they did not suffer any serious injuries
- A 51-year-old woman suffered fractures to her shoulder and knee after she was struck by debris while walking near the accident site
- Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash
A pilot and five passengers died after the private jet they were traveling in crashed into a house in southern Chile.
The aircraft had just taken off from La Paloma, a private airport near the port city Puerto Montt, when it plummeted from the sky at approximately 11am local time.
The small plane, a Beechcraft Model 99 which was headed south to the city of Chaitén, completely destroyed a family residence.
Fortunately, there was no further loss of life on the ground as no one was at the home at the time of the accident.
A home (pictured right) in southern Chile was engulfed in flames Tuesday morning after a private jet crashed, killing the pilot and all five passengers
A family residence was burned down Tuesday in the Chilean city of Puerto Montt shortly after an jet took off from a nearby private airport and plummeted into the home (pictured to the right)
Bystanders quickly assisted a 51-year-old woman who was injured after she was struck by debris while she was walking near the accident site
The impact of the crash also damaged another property next to the house that was engulfed in flames.
Residents inside the home received medical attention.
Bystanders quickly assisted a 51-year-old woman who was injured after she was struck by debris from the plane’s fuselage while she was walking near the accident site.
She was transported to a nearby hospital and was diagnosed with fractures to a knee and a shoulder.
Los Lagos mayor Harry Jürgensen confirmed to local Chilean news outlets that most of the victim’s bodies were burned.
Jürgensen revealed that the original flight manifest included eight passengers but only five, all work colleagues, including a female employee died in the fatal accident.
Firefighters put out a fire hours after a jet crashed into a home in Puerto Montt, Chile
So far, only four of the workers employed at Salmones Camanchaca, a seafood distributing company, were named.
The five passengers, all employed at Salmones Camanchaca, a seafood distributing company were: José Vidal, Leonel Soto, Erico Oyarzo, Gonzalo Navarro and Cecilia Méndez.
The pilot was identified as Raimundo Montero.
The doomed jet fell short of crashing into a school located meters away from the row of private homes it almost wiped out.
The airport is situated in a densely populated area that includes a stretch of nine blocks lined with private residences near the side of the runway.
A total of six schools are also in the vicinity along with a condominium, a supermarket and a shopping mall.
The mayor of Puerto Montt, Gervoy Paredes, raised an argument for the airport to be shut down permanently since there is another private airfield in the nearby town of Puerto Varas.
Andrés Sepúlveda, who lost his home as a result of the horrifying crash, echoed Paredes’ sentiment of having the private jets operating in an area that is not heavily populated.
‘I think it was a fortuitous issue, a bit of bad luck, but you would like the airports to be further removed from the houses,’ Sepúlveda said, according to Chilean news outlet 24 Horas.
‘They could depart the other town, where there are more empty fields and not so much population.’
Investigators are still investigating the cause of the accident.