Manila, Philippines – A six-seater twin-engine light aircraft crashed minutes after taking off from the Plaridel Airport in Bulacan on Saturday morning, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed.
Eric Apolonio, CAAP spokesman, said that the Piper PA-23 Apache aircraft, with registry number RP-C299 operated by Lite Express, crash-landed immediately after its take off at 11:21 a.m.
In an interview with radio dzMM, Police Chief Insp. Agustin Joseph, Deputy for Operations in Plaridel, said that the plane crashed on a house where a family was having their lunch in Barangay Lumang Bayan.
Fire fighters have already snuffed out the blaze brought about by the crash, the police official said, adding that rescue personnel were trying to recover the bodies of victims.
Apolonio said that six passengers were on board the aircraft when the incident happened. They were reportedly bound for Laoag Airport, he said.
“CAAP’s accident investigators and a team from the Flight Safety and Inspectorate Service were immediately dispatched to the crash site,” Apolonio said in a text message.
In addition, all aircraft operated by Lite Air Express would be grounded pending results of the investigation, the CAAP spokesman said.