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A plane with five people on board has crashed into the side of a shopping centre near Essendon Airport, in Melbourne's north, sparking a blaze at a nearby retail outlet centre.
A State Government spokesperson said that a Beechcraft five-person charter flight to King Island crashed soon after take-off at 9:00am.
Police Minister Lisa Neville confirmed there were five people on board.
It is not known if there are any fatalities or injuries.
Thirteen fire trucks are battling to control the fire.
A worker at La Manna supermarket told the ABC she understood a plane had crashed into billboards near the DFO Essendon shopping mall.
VicRoads said the Tullamarine Freeway is currently closed between English St and McNamara Ave.
Motorists are being asked to exit the Tullamarine as soon as possible.
More to come.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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