3 confirmed dead after light aircraft crashes in suburb of Japanese capital

A small plane has crashed into a Tokyo neighborhood, killing the pilot, a passenger and a woman on the ground.

Three passengers were pulled alive from the wreckage after the single-propeller plane crashed in the Japanese capital, setting fire to cars and houses, earlier today.

Television footage showed the crashed plane with its tail upside down, resting on a residential lot as dozens of firefighters battled the blaze and treated casualties.

Tokyo Fire Department officials said the three dead suffered heart and lung failures.

Five other people, including the three passengers and two on the ground, were taken to hospital but their conditions were not immediately known.


Three passengers were pulled out alive from the scene of the crash of the lightweight plane shortly after take off.

The fire department said five houses and at least two cars had been set ablaze.

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