Colombian plane crash kills seven

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Officials in Colombia said a small plane carrying local government officials has crashed in the southern part of the country, killing seven of the nine people aboard.

The Civil Aeronautics agency said the twin-engine PA31 crashed into a house on Sunday afternoon in the city of Popayan minutes after taking off.

The aircraft operated by the Transpacifico company was headed for the city of Lopez de Micay.

Cauca provincial Governor Oscar Campo tweeted that the plane was carrying local government officials and he said he was praying for the health of the two survivors.

Authorities said they were investigating the cause of the crash.