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7 killed in Philippine light aircraft crash

The Beechcraft King Air plane carrying the couple and seven Filipinos including a medical team crashed on Sept 1 in Pansol village in Laguna province as it approached its destination Manila 7 killed in Philippine light aircraft crash
Deanna Wagner | 03 September, 2019, 00:46

A similar incident happened in Nasugbu, Batangas on Saturday when at about 1 p.m. a multi-engine plane travelling back to Sangley Point in Cavite City crashed along the shoreline of Papaya village.

Police stated two folks at the floor had been injured within the crash and rushed to health facility, however have no longer reported any fatalities from those that had been within the lodge space when the airplane went down.

The plane crashed into a resort compound in Pansol village in Laguna province near the foothills of Mount Makiling.

Wellington's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was providing consular assistance to the family of the couple "who sadly died in the plane crash in the Philippines", but that it could not provide any other information for privacy reasons.

Media are reporting them as Northland couple Tom and Erma Carr, who were there on holiday. The couple belonged to New Zealand and lived in Ruakaka, south of Whang ā rei.

"We assume that all confirmed passengers of this plane are dead".

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Philippine aviation authorities said the plane was carrying a patient and medical team from the nation's south to Manila when it disappeared from radar about 46 kilometres from the capital. The crash sparked a fire and sent people fleeing and firefighters scrambling to control it.

CAAP said that investigators from its "Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board were dispatched to the crash site to determine the cause of the accident".

Videos showed flames and black smoke billowing from the resort compound.

The victims said they were on their way to Sangley Point in Cavite from Kuyu, Palawan when the plane encountered fuel system failure shich resulted to the crash.

Small planes hop between the Philippines numerous islands and the incident involving crashes of light aircraft is quite common.

Being the monsoon season fewer people visit Pansol's resorts compared to the heavy rush of summer months until June as part of Philippines tourism.