FIVE people have tragically died with several others injured after a plane crashed in Lafayette in the US state of Louisiana today (December 28).
According to local media, the privately-owned twin-engine small plane plummeted near a Walmart SuperCenter on Pinhook Road, not far from the municipal airport landing strip, narrowly avoiding the popular store.
Initial reports have suggested that the plane crashed into power lines as it attempted to make an emergency landing at the nearby Lafayette Regional Airport. Eyewitnesses on the scene said that the plane skidded through a parking lot and then into a field before it was engulfed in terrifying flames.
It is reported that six people were on board at the time of the accident, five of whom were later confirmed dead with the survivor suffering from 100% burns.
Alongside the survivor, three local residents who were on the ground at the time were also seriously injured and transported to a nearby hospital for urgent treatment.
Footage from the scene shows thick plumes of black smoke billowing from the wreckage as bystanders frantically ran to help those who were trapped inside.
A privately-owned twin-engine small plane carrying 6 people crashed near a Walmart outside at intersection of Verot School Road in Lafayette, Louisiana;. At least 1 vehicle on the ground was hit. pic.twitter.com/knjszkZHsY
— Emil Nivantha Perera (@emilnivantha) December 28, 2019
As Euro Weekly News understands, businesses and homes in the area are without power and an investigation will be launched by specialist aviation experts to find out exactly how this tragic incident took place.