At least three people have died after a plane crash-landed onto a street in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, striking cars and pedestrians in the process.

The single-engine aircraft, which is reported to have been carrying three passengers and the pilot, careened into the ground shortly after taking off from Carlos Prates airport on Monday morning.

The crash, 1.3km from the airport, left at least three people dead according to local media citing the city’s fire department, and another three injured.

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Fire chief Colonel Erlon Botelho confirmed one of the dead was aboard the plane at the time of the incident, while the other two were on the Caicara district street struck by the aircraft.

The pilot is understood to have survived the crash.

"When we arrived at the scene, we came across a fire”, Col Botelho said. “We suspect one of the victims is a pedestrian. One of the dead was occupying one of the cars.

“The other vehicles were empty. The three injured are receiving treatment and have been taken to hospitals in the metropolitan area,”

The plane is reported to have been sold shortly before the flight, and was due to be delivered to its new owner in Ilheus, in the east of the country.

The passengers are understood to have been hitchhiking at the time of the crash.

In April another plane crashed into the very same street of the capital of the Minas Gerais state capital, killing the pilot who was identified through dental exams and fingerprints due to the extent of his injuries.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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