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10 dead as plane crashes into house in Bulacan

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Ten people were killed after a six-seater light plane crashed into a house in Plaridel, Bulacan on Saturday morning.

Superintendent Julio Lizardo, Plaridel Police chief, said five of the fatalities were occupants of the light plane and the other five were members of a family living in a house in Purok Tres, Barangay Lumang Bayan at past 11 a.m.

A Super Radyo dzBB report identified five of the fatalities as Rissa Santos dela Rosa, her mother Luisa Santos and children John Noel, 17; Timothy, 15; and Trish, 7.

Noel dela Rosa, husband and father of the victims, was not in their house when the accident happened.

"Kung maaari sana 'wag na nating masundan ang ganito na insidente kasi napakahirap ng aalis ka sa bahay pamilya mo iiwan mo, darating kang ganyan. Napakasakit," Dela Rosa said. "Tinatatagan ko lang, may mga anak pa akong natira eh, dalawa pa."

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According to a witness, one of the  low-flying plane's wings hit a 40-feet tall power post before crashing into Dela Rosa's house, and exploded moments later.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the chartered plane, a Piper Lance single-engine type, was bound for Laoag City in Ilocos Nortetook and it off from the Plaridel Airport.

It said that the crash site was just 40 meters away from the airport. The crash site is a residential area, based on videos on social media.

The CAAP said the plane was operated by Lite Air Express.

It said that all aircraft operated by Lite Air Express have been ordered grounded pending results of its crash investigation. — with a report from Margaret Claire Layug/LBG/ALG, GMA News

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