3 foreigners die in Pampanga plane crash

Posted at 04/21/2010 11:01 PM | Updated as of 04/23/2010 11:31 AM

PAMPANGA, Philippines (6th UPDATE) - A cargo plane crashed Wednesday night in a village in Mexico, Pampanga, killing 3 of its passengers.

A bulletin from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the cargo plane had 6 passengers including 3 Russians, 2 Uzbekistan nationals and a Bulgarian.

Killed were Russian engineers Nikolay Bannon and Dadim Yahimov and Bulgarian national Tzvidoslav Guetchevski.

The injured survivors were Russian Tochonyy Yuriy, pilot; and Uzbekistan nationals Dmitry Strumminski, co-pilot and Ruziev Borhadir, crew.

Local authorities said the plane, with body number UP-AN216 and label Inter-Island Antonov 12, was on its way to Clark when it crashed in an open field in Barangay Laput (not Barangay San Patricio as earlier reported) shortly before 9 p.m..

The CAAP said the plane came from Mactan, Cebu.

The Clark International Airport Corp.'s control tower said they received an emergency call from the pilot around 8:48 p.m., informing them that a part of the was on fire.

Rene Lising, a villager who witnessed the plane crash, said he saw the aircraft flying very low before crashing. The impact snapped the plane into 2.

Other villagers said they heard a loud explosion from the crash site.

Senior Inspector Ronnie Barrera, Central Luzon regional fire chief, said the plane burst into flames after the explosion.

Barrera said they had a hard time putting out the fire because of the plane's fuel oil. -- Report from Mia Reyes, ABS-CBN Pampanga

An earlier version of this article mistakenly attributed the plane to be owned by Pacific East Air Cargo. Our apologies. - Eds.