MANILA, 2 Sep. (DPA / EP) –
A sanitary plane crashed this Sunday in the town of Calambá, in the Philippine province of Laguna, where at least eight people have died, as reported by the country's security forces.
Several witnesses have told agents that the aircraft, a Beechcraft BE-350, exploded after falling in the private complex of Agojo, in Pansol, about 51 kilometers from Manila, the capital of the Philippines.
The plane was transferring a patient, five health workers and two pilots, as explained by Colonel Eleazar Matta, police director at the provincial level. Two other people have been injured.
The incident occurred when the aircraft was traveling from the city of Dipolog to Manila, where the patient expected to undergo medical treatment.
Ahrcee Genil, a client of a resort near the accident zone, said the plane tried to fly again before crashing. “We realized that it was flying very low and that the sound of the engine was heard too much,” he said in statements to the CNN Philippines television network.
“He tried to climb the flight but suddenly disappeared among the clouds,” he added before stating that “shortly after it fell and exploded.”
The fire caused by the accident has been extinguished after two hours of work by firefighters.