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.