Plane crashes into school, Parañaque slums; kills at least 13

Katherine Visconti

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A plane crash in Parañaque's Better Living Subdivision claimed at least 13 lives on December 10, 2011.

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. 

The crash site is under 10km away from the Ninoy Aquino International airport, the country’s busiest and main gateway.

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. 
Inspector Wilson Tana of the Parañaque City Fire Department says the damage from the crash amount to at least P6 million. Victims were rushed to the nearby Parañaque Doctors Hospital. Now the painful task of recovering and rebuilding slowly begins.

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