Former Colombian President Andres Pastrana is calling for a thorough investigation into what led to the crash of a small plane that was scheduled to transport him to a campaign rally.
The twin-engine Beechcraft hurled into a crowded Bogota neighborhood Sunday shortly after takeoff from the capital’s airport. Six people were killed – four on the plane and two on the ground – and eight more injured.
Pastrana along with former Defense Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez were waiting for the plane at a regional airport outside Bogota when the crash took place. The group was scheduled to take the plane to attend a rally in support of Conservative Party candidates running in Sunday’s mayoral and gubernatorial elections.
Witnesses reported hearing loud explosions after the plane fell to the ground. Authorities, which have yet to offer a possible cause for the crash, said the plane crashed into a bakery.
Civil aviation officials said the plane had taken off from Bogota’s El Dorado airport just minutes before Sunday’s crash in the Engativa neighborhood.
The crash set the bakery on fire, and the fire department said all those injured were inside the business. They were taken to hospitals in the area.