Turk223 From Barbados, joined Aug 2003, 407 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4424 times:
Just happened this morning at about 8:00 AM local time...
translation from El Colombiano newspaper, Medellín, Colombia:
Aircraft Crashes at UPB (Universidad Pontificia Boliviariana)
The accident involving a single-engined small aircraft, registered HK-2629,
left five people dead and six injured this Wednesday morning on the grounds of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Medellín.
The accident occurred on the sports complex fields of the university, near to buildings which house primary and secondary level school programs.
The unfortunate incident occurred minutes after the aircraft belonging to a company named Nativa and piloted by 50 year-old José Ignacio Sierra took off from Olaya Herrera Airport destined for the municipalty of Ituango, located in the north of the department (Antioquia).
Metropolitan Police Chief, General Orlando Páez, indicated that the cause of the incident is unknown and stated that the weather conditions at the time in Medellín were perfect.
Nicolás Londoño, resident of the San Joaquín neighborhood near to the UPB campus, said he heard a loud noise in the early hours of the morning that shook the windows of his apartment and that he saw the aircraft pass "nearly clipping the top of the building". After this, he felt an tremendous explosion, he said.
The crash caused low-degree burns to five students of the univeristy who were transferred to the unversity clinic, located in the Robledo neighborhood.
The injured are:
Santiago Escobar Toro
David Pineda Moncada
Andrés Arboleda Maya
David Morales Barrera
The fatalaties are:
Pilot José Ignacio Sierra
Sargent Isaías Moreno Rojas
Soldier Juan Mota
Juan Carlos Aldana
Juan Carlos Barajas
Since I translated the article, there are now 7 reported deaths; the five passengers and two sixth-grade students who were in a PE class on the field. The aircraft was a Cessna.
What a horrible incident. May they rest in peace...