Three killed in a small plane crash in Australia, police says

A light passenger plane has plunged into the Pacific Ocean near the Australian coast, killing at least three, police said Friday.

The plane had taken off from Moorabbin Airport and crashed into the ocean off the coast in the south-eastern state of Victoria.

"We can confirm three people have been located deceased in the Barwon Heads plane crash," Victoria police said on their Twitter account.

Police inspector, Graham Banks, told reporters three bodies had been retrieved, and there could be a fourth.

"We don't believe any of the victims were children," he said in a press conference, adding they were yet to confirm whether the plane was a private or a tourist aircraft.

Graham would not elaborate where it was headed. He said the police was going to notify the next of kin as soon as they identify the deceased.

The Australian coast guard was mobilized to sift through the floating fragments of the plane that were cattered at the scene, local media said.

The cause of the incident is not known.

Last update: Fri, 29/01/2016 - 11:59
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