VIDEO: Plane flips over in air and turns into huge fireball before crashing on road

Tragic plane crash in Chile: Aerial firefighting turns fatal as the aircraft flips, erupts into flames, claiming the life of experienced Spanish pilot Fernando Solans Robles.
A plane fighting fires in Chile crashes onto the highway killing the pilot and injuring passengers.
Share
Tweet

A plane flipped over in the air and turned into a huge fireball before crashing on a main road.

The low-flying, light aircraft collided with a power pole.

The pole breaks in half as the plane goes out of control

The aircraft bursts into flames before it even hits the ground.

The plane crashes on the road as black smoke and flames fill the air.

The pilot was killed in the crash on Route 5 in Talca south west of Santiago, Chile, yesterday (15 Jan).

Three people travelling in a car were injured in the accident, according to local reports.

READ MORE: Police helicopter falls out of sky onto busy road

The pilot was ironically battling a forest blaze in the area of Panguilemo when it clipped the electricity pole.

Eyewitnesses said the aircraft was flying low over the road at the time.

The pilot was reportedly descending in preparation for releasing its water load.

Several bystanders were able to film the moment the plane exploded in a huge fireball.

The National Forest Corporation (CONAF) identified the pilot as 58-year-old Spanish national Fernando Solans Robles.

They said the pilot had “vast experience in aerial firefighting” and that he provided services to the company Air Andes Chile SPA.

The authority said in a statement: “CONAF is actively working with the authorities to investigate the accident, and will provide all the background information to help clarify the cause and circumstances under which this unfortunate event occurred.”

Chilean Minister of Agriculture, Esteban Valenzuela, 59, said: “We would like to express our deepest sorrow for the death of Spanish pilot Fernando Solans, whose company provides services contracted by CONAF.

“He was fighting a fire next to the Panguilemo Aerodrome and gave his life.”

An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

READ MORE: Helicopter that dropped off radar on NYE is found crashed in dense forest 12 days later

More you may like