A small plane that exploded in the sky over a resort south of Manila killed 9 people, including a couple from New Zealand. Investigators are currently trying to determine the cause of the tragedy
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Wellington stated that it provides consular assistance to a couple’s family “who unfortunately died in a plane crash in the Philippines”, but could not provide any other information for reasons of confidentiality.
The victims were Tom Carr and Herma Carr, a New Zealand Filipina. Friends of the deceased stated that Tom Carr had a middle name, Lawrence.
The Philippine Civil Aviation Authority said it was investigating why a Beechcraft King Air plane carrying a couple and seven Filipinos, including a medical team, crashed on Sunday in the village of Panzol in Laguna province when it was approaching its destination, Manila.
Eric Apolonio said the plane went missing from the radar near Mount Maquilinga over Panzol, a resort town popular for its swimming pools and hot springs.
A video was published on the Internet in which a burning plane flew low above trees and houses and then collapsed in a resort complex. The police reported that two patients at the sanatorium received burns and were taken to the hospital.
There were eight people on board, including Lawrence Carr, who, according to Apolonio, was transporting a patient from the southern city of Diplologue in Zamboanga del Norte province to Manila. Carr’s wife, Ermah, was not on the passenger list, although she was aboard an 11-seat plane. The investigators will have to find out why she was not included in the passenger list.
Friends expressed shock from the sudden death of the couple. They had to return to New Zealand in a few weeks to celebrate their birthdays.
The couple went to the Philippines to spend six months with Herma’s family. Last month Erma Carr wrote on Facebook that she wanted to spend time with her sick brother in the Philippines.
Source: Federal News Network.