Small plane crash-lands in Philippines, killing seven



A small plane crash-landed on a house shortly after it took off from Plaridel airstrip in Bulacan province north of Manila shortly before noon on Saturday, killing seven, authorities said.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said all six people, including the two pilots, aboard the six-seater twin engined Piper PA-23 Apache plane were all killed.

Police said the plane landed on a house and erupted in flames. A resident of the house was also killed, it said.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said the plane operated by Lite Express, crashed on a residential area a few minutes after took off at 11:21 a.m. local time. It was reportedly bound for Laoag City in Ilocos Norter province.

The CAAP said accident investigators and a team from Flight Safety and Inspectorate Service (FSIS) have already been dispatched to the crash site.