Small plane crashes outside Philippine capital, killing 10

Rescue workers look at the site where they aircraft crashed in Plaridel, Bulacan, Philippines, on March 17, 2018.
Rescue workers look at the site where they aircraft crashed in Plaridel, Bulacan, Philippines, on March 17, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (REUTERS) – 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 north-western Luzon.

“All plane occupants died in the aircraft accident with collateral damage to a house with five occupants who also perished,” Apolonio said.

The plane hit the house of an 80-year-old woman, who was inside at the time, police spokesman Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said in a text message.

“The house was burned while the aircraft was totally wrecked,” Bulalacao said.

CAAP ordered all aircraft operated by Lite Air Express to be grounded pending the result of investigations.