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2 killed, 4 hurt in Camp John Hay plane crash

April 10, 2011 4:05pm

(Updated 9:27 p.m.) Two people were killed while four others were hurt Sunday after the private plane they were on crashed inside Camp John Hay in Baguio City, police said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the six-seater Piper Aspect (tail number RPC 5140) crash landed on pine trees at around 2:53 p.m.

Police Senior Inspector Ruben Porte, Baguio City Police Station 4 commander, identified the fatality initial fatality as Jose George. Cruz said the second fatality, Grace Alvarez, expired at the Baguio General Hospital at around 6:30 p.m.

The other victims were identified as pilot Col. Reynaldo Garcia, Jose Miranda, Ness Guerrero and Basil Matthew.

According to Porte, the plane, which took off from Loakan Airport en route to Plaridel town in Bulacan, crashed near the horse-back riding station of the popular mountain resort.

The aircraft was "totally burned," and firefighters from the area have already put out the fire caused by the plane crash, he added.

Porte said officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are already on the site to investigate the cause of the crash.

In 2005, a Cessna training plane also crashed minutes after taking off from Loakan Airport, killing four of its passengers. - KBK/VS, GMA News
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