All nine people on board the small medical evacuation plane were killed on Sunday when the aircraft crashed into a resort area south of the Philippine capital and exploded in flames, officials said.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines spokesman Eric Apolonio said the light plane was on a medical evacuation flight from southern Dipolog city in Zamboanga del Norte province and disappeared from radar for unknown reasons as it flew over Laguna.
Firefighters retrieved nine bodies from the wreckage, police said. Two people on the ground were injured and brought to a hospital.
The nine on board the plane included two pilots, two nurses, a doctor, a patient, the patient’s wife and two other people.
Videos posted online by witnesses showed flames and black smoke billowing from the private resort compound in Pansol, a district popular for its hot springs and swimming pools.
The patients, a New Zealand couple from Ruakaka, are believed to be among those killed.
The crash happened during the monsoon season, when fewer people visit Pansol’s resorts compared to the hot summer months that ended in June.