A small passenger plane crashed in northern Colombia on Wednesday, killing all six passengers and the pilot, who had warned air traffic control of a mechanical fault moments before, the website of the El Tiempo newspaper reported.
The Cessna aircraft operated by Alas, a small regional airline, disappeared while flying the Bucaramanga to Malaga route in Santander province, the newspaper’s website said, adding all seven bodies were found inside or near the plane.
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The pilot attempted to return to Bucaramanga, about 245 miles (395 km) northeast of Bogota, to land after informing air traffic controllers that he had observed a loss of oil pressure in the engine.
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The plane crashed shortly after in an area of scrubland. No one at the Civil Aviation Authority who is authorized to confirm the reports could be reached on Thursday. –Reuters