Northland community in shock after two New Zealanders die in Philippine plane crash
A Northland town’s Filipino community is in shock after two of its members died in a plane crash in the Philippines. Tom Laurence Carr and Erma Carr, who lived in Ruakaka, just south of Whangārei, were two of nine people killed on board a small Beechcraft King Air 350 medical evacuation plane when the aircraft crashed into a resort area near Calamba City and exploded in flames, officials said.
It’s understood Tom Carr was the patient on board, travelling with his wife, along with a pilot, First Officer, one doctor, two nurses, and two other people. All on board the plane died.
The light plane crashed into a resort compound in Pansol village in Laguna province near the foothills of Mount Makiling.
The crash caused a fire that burnt several houses and part of the Agojo Resort. Two people on the ground were also injured and brought to a hospital.Erma Carr was originally from the Philippines and the family used to take part in some events held by the Whangārei Filipino Society.
Spokesman Neven Osmena said the plane crash was very sad. Family friend Fortunato Boquia, who lives in Whangārei but is currently in the Philippines, told Stuff the couple’s deaths had shocked the Filipino community – both in the Philippines and at home in Northland. He said the crash was big news in the Philippines and he was still trying to contact family members.