Plane crashes into Philippines slum, 13 dead

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Posted: Dec 10, 2011 5:18 AM
Plane crashes into Philippines slum, 13 dead

MANILA (Reuters) - A light aircraft crashed into a crowded slum near Manila's international airport on Saturday, killing 13 people, including three children.

Three people were unaccounted for and about 10 others were injured after the twin-engine, four-seater plane crashed shortly after take-off, police inspector Enrique Sy told reporters. All three on board were killed.

"So far, we have recovered 13 badly burned bodies in the crash site, including one near the wreckage," he said, adding it was impossible to identify the victims.

Paranaque city mayor, Florencio Bernabe, said hundreds of residents were left homeless by a fire sparked by the crash. It destroyed dozens of shanty homes and part of a three-storey school building.

(Reporting By Manuel Mogato; Editing by Jonathan Thatcher)