Seven people were killed when a King Air 360 plane crashed near a university of technology located in the municipality of Santa Rosa in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. This was reported Tuesday, September 14, by the newspaper i7News.
Local authorities said the victims included business tycoon Celso Silveira Mello Filho, who owned the plane, his wife Maria Luiza Menegel and his three children. The pilot Celso Carloni and co-pilot Giovani Gulo were also killed.
The plane went down 15 seconds after takeoff. There was an explosion at the scene.
According to the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), the King Air 360 has been certified and continuously updated. The model, released in 2019, could carry up to eight passengers.
For its part, TAM Executive Aviation denied the faulty propeller version, as the aircraft had been inspected earlier Monday.
The causes and circumstances of the accident will be investigated by the competent authorities.
The day before, a small single-engine Cessna plane went down in northern Los Angeles County, California. Both people on board were alive, had left the plane and refused medical attention. Emergency crews arrived at the scene of the incident.