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Three people reportedly killed as light plane crashes into Tokyo residential area

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[caption id="attachment_480" align="alignnone" width="700"]Reuters: KyodoHouses and cars were set ablaze as the plane crashed.[/caption]

A light plane crashed into a residential area in Tokyo on Sunday morning, setting fire to several houses and reportedly killing three people, according to officials and local media.

The five-seater plane crashed around 11:00am (local time) shortly after it departed from Tokyo’s Chofu airport, public broadcaster NHK reported.

NHK said two men inside the plane, which was carrying five people, were killed. A woman who was inside one of the houses was also killed and five other people were injured, the broadcaster said.

At least five houses and two cars were on fire in the capital’s residential district of Chofu near the airport, and the crash also damaged the roofs of other houses nearby, according to the spokesman and local media.

“I heard a tremendous sound like a truck crashed into a house … When I looked outside from a window, fire was flaring up,” an unidentified woman told NHK.

“The fire was blazing up so hard,” she said.

“I thought it was flying quite low,” another local resident who witnessed the crash told NHK.

The Tokyo Fire Department said three people were “in cardiopulmonary arrest” — a description usually used by officials in Japan until deaths are confirmed by a medical examiner.

 

Credit. ABC News