- At least 9 people died after a Piper PA-23 Apache aircraft crashed into a residential area
- The plane was bound for Laoag, Ilocos Norte
- Five people were aboard the plane
A six-seater light aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Plaridel Airport in Bulacan on the morning of March 17.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the pilot and four passengers were killed.
The Piper PA-23 Apache aircraft crashed on a residential area in Plaridel, Bulacan.
The Inquirer reported that the plane took off at 11:21 AM. It was flown by Capt. Ruel Meloria.
It was earlier reported that a co-pilot was also onboard the plane. However, Bulacan Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Liz Mungcal clarified that CAAP officials said the co-pilot did not board the plane.
Minutes after take off, the plane stalled and plunged into the house of Luisa Santos who lived in Purok 3.
The plane and the house erupted into flames. According to Rappler, four more bodies were recovered from the rubble.
The total number of deaths are 9 so far.
Rappler reports the deaths as follows: the female owner, her mother, and her daughter. Another body has been burned beyond recognition.
The plane's operator, Lite Air Express, is also grounded pending investigation.
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