Horror as plane crashes into city centre apartment building

At least eight people are feared dead after a plane crashed into an apartment block in Colombia.

Footage showed thick black smoke billowing from a building in the city of Medellín after the fireball crash.

Mayor Daniel Quintero said: “There has been a plane accident in the Belen Rosales sector.

“The full capacity of government has been activated to assist the victims.”

Quintero said the jet – a twin-engine Piper – was on route from Medellín to Pizarro in the neighbouring region of Chocó.

Eight people were on board, according to reports.

The pilot is said to have reported engine failure shortly after taking off – but couldn’t make it back to the Olaya Herrera Airport.

Fifteen fire engines are currently at the scene.

Air accident investigators are said to be probing the cause of the crash.