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One person died and five were injured when a passenger plane crashed into a house in eastern Malaysia's Sabah state on Thursday, Malaysia Airlines said.
KUALA LUMPUR: One person died and five were injured when a passenger plane crashed into a house in eastern Malaysia's Sabah state on Thursday, Malaysia Airlines said.
But a woman and her 11-year old son who were in the house's living room at the time escaped unhurt when the aircraft hit the bedroom, dining hall and porch, reports said.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said the MASwings Twin Otter propeller plane, which had taken off the state capital Kota Kinabalu, landed short of the runway in Kudat, about 150 kilometres (94 miles) to the northeast.
"Malaysia Airlines regretfully confirms that there has been one fatality," it said in a statement after the afternoon crash.
However, it declined to give particulars of the deceased.
Newspapers reported that another two of the five injured were in critical condition. All 16 on board the plane were taken to hospital for check-ups.
The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department said 11 firemen were rushed to the scene after it was notified of the accident.
Earlier, its public relations officer Mohd Affendy Ramin said the plane, which was carrying 16 people including the pilot, had gone down in Kampung Sinsan.
Deputy Defence Minister and Kudat Member of Parliament Abdul Rahim Bakri said he learnt there was a strong wind at the time the plane was about to land.
He said the Kudat parliamentary office would help the victims of the crash.
Meanwhile, MAS said it would, together with MASwings, continue to monitor the situation at the crash site and give updates.
It said the cause of the incident was still under investigation and its chief executive was en route to Sabah to oversee the situation.
The airline added that families of passengers who were onboard could call 03-78841234 for further enquiries.
Sabah is on the northeastern tip of Borneo, an island which has seen repeated plane and helicopter crashes.
A helicopter crash in July last year saw three passengers die, while a Singaporean trainee pilot was killed in a plane crash a week later.