Dallas: All ten people on board were killed when a small airplane struggled to gain altitude after taking off from a Dallas-area airport, veered to the left and plunged into a hangar, local authorities and witnesses said. Mary Rosenbleeth, spokeswoman for the town of Addison, Texas, said there were no survivors of the twin-engine plane crash at the Addison Municipal Airport, a northern suburb of Dallas. The Beechcraft BE-350 King Air hit an unoccupied hangar soon after 9 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The hangar burst into flames and black smoke billowed from the building as firefighters sprayed on water to contain the blaze. The crash left a gaping hole in the hangar. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chair Bruce Landsberg said there were eight passengers and two crew onboard. The identities of those killed were not immediately released. Landsberg said the tail number of the plane was still uncertain. It had been owned by a charter company in Chicago but may have recently been sold, NTSB officials said. Landsburg said the plane was headed from Texas to St. Petersburg, Florida. Edward Martelle, another official with the town of Addison, said the plane was taking off at the south end of the airport and had just lifted off the runway when it veered left, dropped its left wing and went into the hangar.
The five storied building which was partly under construction is located near the Savoy cinema in Wellawatta.The Army and Air Force was sent to the area to assist the fire brigade and police in the rescue operations. At least 20 people were injured when a building in Wellawatta collapsed today, the police said.The injured were admitted to the Kalubowila hospital. Several vehicles were also damaged in the incident. (Colombo Gazette)