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MANILA, Philippines- A 9-seater plane crash-landed in Parañaque’s Better Living Subdivision, claiming at least 13 lives on December 10, 2011.
By nightfall, bodies were still being carried out of the wreckage. The plane had crash-landed at an elementary school in Parañaque’s Better Living Subdivision past 2pm.
Authorities confirmed at least 13 people are dead, including the pilot and co-pilot. Another 3 of those killed are young children.
The now damaged F. Serrano Elementary School was a popular hangout for kids in the poor neighborhood where the plane crashed.
The light aircraft was bound for Mindoro when it radioed for help. Parañaque chief inspector Enrique Sy told Move.PH the plane reportedly had engine trouble and that the crash set fire to the surrounding shanties.
Small aircrafts still take off and land there alongside bigger ones. The government’s plan to move the congested international airport have yet to come true.