3 foreigners die in Pampanga plane crash
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.