Published: Wed, February 22, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Five feared dead as plane crashes into shopping mall in Melbourne

Five feared dead as plane crashes into shopping mall in Melbourne

That's according to a recent update from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau that said an investigation into a previous "near collision" in 2015 would be completed by May.

A spokeswoman for Airservices Australia said flights in and out of Melbourne's main airport were not affected.

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"If the plane had taken off in the other direction my office could have been hit". None of the people on board the aircraft survived, according to police.

Three of the passengers were identified as Greg Reynolds De Haven, Russell Munsch and Glenn Garland, who all lived in the Austin, Texas, area. "We have all lost an incredible man", Mr Stimmel said in a statement. The fourth man has not been named.

The Texas law firm said Mr Munsch was involved in the 2001 bankruptcy proceedings for Houston-based Enron, one of the largest energy companies in the world before its collapse.

'It was a charter flight with 2 of his friends flying to another island to play golf'.

'Hug your loved ones.

The newspaper reported that Garland's wife is believed to still be in Australia.

Police and paramedics rushed to the crash site, where firefighters doused the flames.

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Australia's ABC News has identified the pilot as 63-year-old Max Quartermain, the co-owner of the company that operated the plane.

"I'm feeling really sad".

"If there are things we can do, if there are changes to be made to make a safe airport even safer, then I'm ready to do that".

"Beyond that, there are a number of people who have witnessed this awful accident and they have been given the support, psychological first aid, that they need".

"I saw this plane".

Premier Daniel Andrews described it as "the worst civil aviation accident that our state has seen for 30 years". "No one wants to have something like this happen at their workplace", he told The New Daily.

Dashcam footage taken on Melbourne's Tullamarine Freeway filmed the plane before it crashed.

It has been reported - but not confirmed - that the golfers were from the US.

"The US embassy in Melbourne and Canberra is working closely with local authorities to assist in any way possible".

"We will bring you further information as it comes to hand".

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