Sunday 22 April 2018

Nine dead as small plane crashes into house in Philippines

Rescuers were looking for at least one missing person in the rubble of the house.

Rescuers sift through the debris following a plane crash in The Philippines (AP)
Rescuers sift through the debris following a plane crash in The Philippines (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

A small passenger plane carrying five people crashed into a house shortly after take-off north of Manila, killing all those on board and four people on the ground, officials in the Philippines said.

The Piper-23 Apache plane took off from the airport in Plaridel town in Bulacan province then crash-landed for a still-unknown reason and smashed into a house, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesman Eric Apolonio and police said.

All five Filipinos on board the six-seat plane were killed, and the crash killed four people on the ground, Plaridel police chief Supt Julio Lizardo said.

The crash ignited a fire in a house that was hit by the aircraft, he said.

Two other people on the ground were injured by burning debris, Mr Lizardo said.

TV footage showed parts of the plane wreckage and the shattered walls of the house at the still-smouldering crash site.

Rescuers were looking for at least one missing person in the rubble of the house.

Mr Apolonio said the aircraft, which was operated by Lite Air Express, was bound for northern Laoag city.

All the aircraft operated by the transport and courier company were grounded while investigators tried to determine the cause of the crash, he said.

Press Association

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