AN aeroplane with five people on board made a mayday call before it crashed into a section of the DFO shopping complex at Essendon Fields.
Police are yet to confirm the number of casualties.
The fire appears to now be under control and the scene is to be handed over to Victoria Police to investigate.
Witnesses reported seeing an explosion and a large fire as the plane struck the building near the Spotlight and Focus on Furniture stores.
A Spotlight spokeswoman said no staff were injured in the crash. The DFO shopping centre was not open to customers at the time of the crash.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said it is believed the plane was a charter flight that was heading to King Island with five people on board.
“The surrounding roads will be effected for some time,” a Victoria Police statement said.
Investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau are at the scene of the crash.
“ATSB will be investigating. They will undertake a thorough, detailed investigation on what might have happened,” an ATSB spokesman said.
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