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2 dead as light planes crash in Philippines

Two airplanes crashes in to a rice field in Manila, killing two.

world Updated: Jul 08, 2007 12:43 IST

Two light airplanes used in pilot training crashed in to a rice field in a suburban area north of the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing two, police said.

Initial reports from responding rescuers and policemen said the two airplanes plunged in to the field near the town of Malolos shortly after noon.

A man and a woman were instantly killed in the incident, although it was not clear whether there were other people aboard the two airplanes, police said.

Radio reports said both aircraft took off from a nearby airstrip and apparently were operated by a flying school. The cause of the crash is being investigated.