Small plane crashes outside Philippine capital, killing seven

A small plane about to takes to the sky

A small plane about to takes to the sky

Spokesman of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Eric Apolonio shared, "Everyone on boards in the six-seated plane died immediately".

Ten people died in a plane crash in the Philippine province of Bulacan after a Piper PA-23 Apache plane operated by Lite Air Express crashed in a residential area shortly after takeoff.

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.

Also killed were five members of a family living in a house, where the plane crashed.

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

The aircraft burst into flames as it crashed into the house in a nearby village, killing five residents, according to Plaridel town Mayor Jocell Vista Casaje.

TV footage showed parts of the plane wreckage and the shattered walls of the house at the still-smouldering crash site. Rescuers are checking if there were other casualties in the burning house.

All aircraft operated by Lite Air Express are grounded pending results of investigations, Apolonio added.

The cause of the crash has not been disclosed by officials.

Investigators have yet to determine what caused the plane crash.

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