Small Plane Crashes in Brazilian Street Killing at Least 3 People: Firefighter

By Reuters

SAO PAULOA small plane crashed on a street shortly after takeoff in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte on Oct. 21, killing at least three people, a firefighter on the scene told Reuters.

The single-engine airplane hit three cars which caught fire in a residential area of the city, which is the capital of Minas Gerais state, local media reported.

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Firefighters work near the site where a small plane crashed on a residential street in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Oct. 21, 2019. (Cristiane Mattos/Reuters)

Leandro Gomes, a Minas Gerais firefighter, told Reuters the accident happened soon after takeoff from the Carlos Prates airport. It is the second plane crash in that street this year, Gomes added.

Gomes said one of the fatalities was on the street and another was in one of the vehicles hit by the small airplane. The third person died inside the aircraft, Gomes said.

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A wrecked car is seen at the site where a small plane crashed on a residential street in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Oct. 21, 2019. (Cristiane Mattos/Reuters)

Another three victims with burns were taken to hospital, the firefighter said.

The Cirrus Aircraft airplane was manufactured in 2007 and has capacity to carry three people, according to the G1 news website.

The Estado de Minas newspaper reported there were four people onboard the aircraft, including the pilot and three passengers. Gomes confirmed there had been four people onboard.