9 dead as small plane slams into house in Philippines

Frederick Owens
March 18, 2018

The crash killed all five people on board and fire more people on the ground in Plaridel, according to the latest police report.

"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.

Ten people were killed after a small plane crashed into a house in northern Philippines on Saturday, authorities said.

The CAAP said the plane was operated by Lite Air Express and all aircraft operated by Lite Air Express had been grounded pending the results of its crash investigation.

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It was carrying five people, including the pilot, and was en route to Laoag in northwestern Luzon.

The plane is a Piper PA-23 Apache 6-seater twin-engined light aircraft with registry number RP-C299.

Other confirmed fatalities are Louisa dela Rosa, aged 80; Risa dela Rosa and her three children - 17-year-old John dela Rosa, 11-year-old Timothy dela Rosa and seven-year-old Trisa dela Rosa.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines' (CAAP) accident investigators and a team from Flight Safety and Inspectorate Services (FSIS) were immediately dispatched to the crash site, CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said.

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