Four Central Texans killed in Australian plane crash

A spokeswoman for Airservices Australia said flights in and out of Melbourne's main airport were unaffected.

Ms Wicht, from Minnesota, paid tribute to her "handsome athletic big brother" on Facebook.

The light aircraft crashed into the DFO shopping centre at Essendon and exploded about 9am on Tuesday.

Max Quartermain, the owner of the charter company Corporate and Leisure Travel, was the pilot, according to reports.

"Looking at the fireball, it is incredibly lucky that no-one was at the back of those stores or in the vehicle park of the stores, that no-one was even hurt", Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane told the BBC.

Five people have died after a charter plane crash-landed into a shopping centre in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families", he said.

It comes as the fifth victim of the doomed flight has been identified as 67-year-old Texas retiree John Washburn.

The Herald Sun reports entrepreneur and investor Glenn Garland is believed to be among those killed in the crash.

Mr Munsch was a founding partner of a Texas law firm and litigated some of the most prominent bankruptcy cases in the US.

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Tuesday's crash wasn't the first time that tragedy has struck Essendon Airport but thankfully it isn't a common occurrence.

Mr Quartermain is described as a "great guy" and is understood to have made two mayday calls before the aircraft came down crashing into a DFO shopping centre.

Police and paramedics rushed to the crash site, where firefighters doused the flames.

"I saw the plane flying across the top of the roof and it was shaking", she told The New Daily.

"Eventually one of them said, 'this could blow up.' So we left".

The Coroner will investigate while the Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators and Civil Aviation Safety Authority will also examine the crash.

The plane went down less than an hour before the Direct Factory Outlet mall, which adjoins the airport, in suburban Essendon, was to open, Neville added.

Witnesses recalled seeing a fireball, explosions and billowing black smoke.

'A source on King Island said the golfers were due to arrive on the island on Tuesday morning, ' the newspaper reported.

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