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Nine people killed in ambulance crash in Philippines

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Nine people were killed when an ambulance crashed into a resort near the Philippine capital on Sunday, causing a major fire and driving local residents to flee, authorities said.

Philippine aviation authorities said the helicopter was carrying a patient and a medical team from the south to Manila when it disappeared from radar screens 25 nautical miles (46 km) from the capital.

Social media footage showed the helicopter colliding with a building in flames as residents sought help in the city of Calamba, south of Manila.

After extinguishing the fire, authorities found nine bodies believed to be all in the helicopter, local emergency official Jeffrey Rodriguez told AFP.

“Nobody survived this incident. We believe all the passengers were killed,” Rodriguez said, adding that seven bodies had been found in the wreckage.

Police said two people injured in the accident were taken to hospital, but there was no word on the condition of those at the resort where the plane crashed.

Small aircraft accidents are common in the Philippines.

In March 2018, 10 people were killed when a plane crashed while taking off from the town of Blardell, near Manila, six people on board and four others on the ground.

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