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Nine die in Philippines plane crash

Police and rescuers later retrieved at least one body from the wreckage, Laguna police chief Eleazar Matta said
Police and rescuers later retrieved at least one body from the wreckage, Laguna police chief Eleazar Matta said

By Jill Richards

All nine people on board a small medical evacuation plane were killed when the aircraft crashed into a resort area south of the Philippine capital and exploded in flames, officials said.

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

Police and rescuers later retrieved at least one body from the wreckage, Laguna police chief Eleazar Matta said.

Two people on the ground were injured and brought to hospital, he added.

Eric Apolonio, a spokesman from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said the light plane was on a medical evacuation flight from southern Dipolog city in Zamboanga del Norte province and disappeared from radar for unknown reasons as it flew over Laguna, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of the capital.

The plane was supposed to land in Manila.

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