This frame grab taken from AFPTV of video received from Jordan Fouracre on February 21, 2017 shows smoke and flames after a twin-engined Beechcraft plane crashed into a shopping centre just after take-off from Essendon Fields airport near Melbourne. ( Image credit: AFP )

Pilot radioed in ‘Mayday’ call before Australian plane crash

Twin-engined Beechcraft B200 Super King Air crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet mall in Melbourne

Dallas/Canberra: A pilot repeatedly yelled out “Mayday” but did not say what the emergency was before his light plane crashed into the roof of an Australian shopping mall, killing himself and four American tourists, an accident investigator said on Wednesday.

Police blamed “catastrophic engine failure” when a twin-engined Beechcraft B200 Super King Air crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet mall in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon on Tuesday moments after take-off from a nearby runway.

But Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Greg Hood said modern twin-engined aircraft are designed to continue flying if an engine fails.

“My understanding is he only used the word ‘Mayday’ a number of times,” Hood told reporters, referring to radio communication from pilot Max Quartermain to...Read more...

Source: gulfnews.com