A Plane crashed into a house in Philippine and kills 10. Ten people died when a small plane crashed into a house north of the Philippine capital on Saturday, March 17, aviation and police officials said.
The Piper 23 Apache single-engined aircraft, operated by Lite Air Express, had just taken off from a small airport nearby, said Eric Apolonio, spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
It was carrying five people, including the pilot, and was en route to Laoag in northwestern Luzon.
“All plane occupants died in the aircraft accident with collateral damage to a house with five occupants who also perished,” Apolonio said.
The twin-engine aircraft crashed shortly after taking off in Plaridel town, killing all five aboard as well as three children, a mother and a grandmother from the family in the house, said Superintendent Julio Lizardo.
“We had to dig through the rubble to find the bodies,” he said, explaining why the toll rose from an initial figure of seven dead.
Officials declined to say what may have caused the crash of the Piper PA-23 Apache, operated by a local charter company.