Military plane crashes in Ecuador’s capital

March 20th, 2009 - 9:56 am ICT by admin  

Ecuador place crash Quito, ECUADOR (BNO NEWS) — Several buildings are on fire after a small military plane crashed in Ecuador’s Quito on Thursday afternoon, officials say.

A plane, which is reported to be a military Beechcraft aircraft, went down at 5.30 p.m. local time and emergency services were still rushing to the scene nearly one hour later.

The crash happened about 200 meters from Hotel Quito where the U.S. ambassador to Ecuador is staying, he was not affected by the crash, according to an embassy spokeswoman.

The plane was carrying a total of three people, all who were killed, said Defense Minister Javier Ponce. Local media earlier said up to 7 people were on board.

A local radio station also reported at least 3 people were injured on the ground. An apartment complex was engulfed in flames shortly after the crash and at least one person was rescued from the third floor of the building.

There was intense fog in the capital when the plane went down. Thick black smoke is rising above the city skyline.

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