Santiago (Online): At least four people were killed after a small plane crashed in southern Chile, local officials reported.

The accident occurred near the Laquecahue airfield in the Bio Bio region at approximately 1700 GMT.

Humberto Toro, the governor of Arauco said noting the region´s high winds, four passengers including a woman died after the plane had a troubled landing.

It was not clear if the pilot was killed.

The official told a Chilean television network, the aircraft, which was owned by a private company, was flying the Mocha Island-Tirua route about 720 kilometres (445 miles) south of Santiago.

Investigations into the incident´s cause are underway.