Small Plane Crashes in Tokyo, Setting Homes Ablaze

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A small airplane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Tokyo Sunday, setting buildings ablaze and leaving three people dead, public broadcaster NHK reported, according to NBC News.

Live aerial images on Japanese television showed the wing and the body of the plane amid the charred homes, one of which appeared to be gutted by the fire.

The plane took off from an airfield in Chofu at around 11 a.m. local time (10 p.m. Saturday ET) and the aircraft crashed about a third of a mile away, NHK said, citing the Tokyo Fire Department.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police did not officially release any figures on the numbers of casualties, but NHK, citing a police source, said two of the five people onboard the plane were killed, while one person in the home that caught fire also died.

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