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Emergency personnel work at a light plane crashed in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The plane crashed into a shopping mall, officials said. (Joe Castro/AAP Image via AP)

A plane crashed into an Australian mall, killing the pilot and four US tourists


A plane crash into an Australian mall on Tuesday killed four Americans and an Australian pilot.

The plane crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet mall in Essendon, near Melbourne. The mall adjoins the Essendon airport. 

Two passengers were identified on social media by family members: Greg Reynolds De Haven and Russell Munsch. 

Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said no one outside the plane was injured.

A plane crashed into an Australian mall, killing the pilot and four US tourists

WATCH | Here's the scene of the crash.

It is incredibly lucky that no one was at the back of those stores ... that no one was even hurt.
Stephen Leane

The two-engine plane Beechcraft Super King Air, piloted by Max Quartermain, was headed for King Island for a golfing trip before. Quartermain reported "catastrophic engine failure" moments before the plane crashed. 

De Heaven's sister Denelle Wicht said he was on a "once in a lifetime" trip.

'What the hell?' That doesn't happen every day. It was crazy, like something from a movie.
Michael Howard, witness

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews called the crash the state's worst aviation incident in 30 years, according to Sky News Australia. 

Witness Michael Howard said he saw a blue flash before the plane erupted in a "huge fireball."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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