Air crash sets fire to homes

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

The five- seater plane crashed about 11am shortly af­ter it de­parted from Tokyo’s Chofu air­port, public broad­caster NHK re­ported.

“Four peo­ple were in­volved in the ac­ci­dent and three of them were res­cued, but we don’t know about fur­ther de­tails, in­clud­ing their con­di­tion,” a spokesman at the Tokyo Fire Depart­ment said, adding that it was also not clear how many peo­ple were aboard the plane.

NHK, quot­ing po­lice, said two peo­ple on board and one fe­male lo­cal res­i­dent were killed in the ac­ci­dent.

At least three 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.

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

Tele­vi­sion footage showed fire­fight­ers bat­tling the inferno af­ter the crash.

Pic­ture: AP

CHARRED RE­MAINS: The wreck­age of the plane af­ter crash­ing into homes in the sub­urbs of Tokyo yesterday,

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