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Philippine chopper crash kills governor, 5 others

world Updated: May 17, 2010 15:38 IST
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Officials say at least six people, including the governor of a northern Philippine province, have been killed when a helicopter crashed in a residential area south of Manila.

Police and military officials say four people on board, including Quezon provincial Gov. Rafael Nantes, two of his security personnel and the pilot were charred beyond recognition. Two people on the ground were also killed and at least two houses were in flames at the crash site in Lucena city in Quezon, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Manila.

Alfonso Cusi, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, says the four-seater Robinson 44 helicopter crashed about two minutes after taking off Monday from a school in Lucena en route to Manila.