Aircraft crashes in Baguio; 2 confirmed dead

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 10 2011 03:25 PM | Updated as of Apr 11 2011 11:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines (7th UPDATE) –  Two people were killed and 4 others were injured when a private plane, a six-seater Piper Aztec, crashed at Camp John Hay in Baguio City on Sunday.

There were conflicting reports on the number of fatalities. Local police initially said there were 4 fatalities before announcing that there was only 1 confirmed death.

Lieutenant Rolando Rengel of the Tactical Operations Group-1 of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) later told ANC that there were 2 confirmed deaths. 

The names of the victims are being withheld as their families have yet to be informed. 

The twin-engine light aircraft, operated by Techno Air, left the Loakan Airport at around 2:48 p.m.

It was supposed to fly to Plaridel, Bulacan. Two minutes after its take-off, the air traffic controller lost signal from the aircraft.

ABS-CBN Northern Luzon correspondent Dhobie de Guzman was near the site when the incident happened.

He said the  injured passengers were rushed to the Baguio General Hospital. The so-called pony boys working in the area were first to respond to the victims.

Many onlookers were able to witness the plane explode near the horse trail, which serves as a picnic area in the park. They saw the plane caught fire before plunging into the trees.

Rengel said investigators have yet to determine the cause of the crash.