Small passenger plane crashes in Colombia killing seven: Report

The remains of a Cessna aircraft belonging to Alas de Colombia, a small regional airline, that crashed in a rural area of Piedecuestas, department of Santander, Colombia, on Dec 25, 2104. Seven people died when the trade plane they were travelli
The remains of a Cessna aircraft belonging to Alas de Colombia, a small regional airline, that crashed in a rural area of Piedecuestas, department of Santander, Colombia, on Dec 25, 2104. Seven people died when the trade plane they were travelling crashed, authorities reported. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BOGOTA (REUTERS) - A small passenger plane crashed in northern Colombia on Wednesday, killing all six passengers and the pilot, who had warned air traffic control of a mechanical fault moments before, the website of the El Tiempo newspaper reported.

The Cessna aircraft operated by Alas, a small regional airline, disappeared while flying the Bucaramanga to Malaga route in Santander province, the newspaper's website said, adding all seven bodies were found inside or near the plane.

The pilot attempted to return to Bucaramanga, about 395km north-east of Bogota, to land after informing air traffic controllers that he had observed a loss of oil pressure in the engine.

The plane crashed shortly after in an area of scrubland.

No one at the Civil Aviation Authority who is authorised to confirm the reports could be reached on Thursday.