A Brazilian jetliner crashed into a residential neighborhood of Sao Paulo shortly after takeoff today, killing all 95 people on board, a civil defense official said.
The death toll was expected to rise as firefighters searched homes struck and set on fire by the plane.
The Fokker-100 belonging to TAM regional airlines was leaving Sao Paulo on a 45-minute flight to Rio de Janeiro when it crashed about one mile from the runway, Civil Defense Sgt. Carlos Santana said by telephone.
"Our information from the scene is that there were no survivors," he said.
Dozens of bodies lay covered with black plastic on the sidewalk, while firefighters sprayed water on smoking rubble.
Santana said the plane took off at 8:30 a.m. in clear, sunny weather and failed to gain altitude, striking an apartment building and 10 houses and then bursting into flames. Pieces of the plane were strewn over the neighborhood.