| GEO World|
| Philippine chopper crash kills governor, 5 others|
| Updated at: 1440 PST, Monday, May 17, 2010|
MANILA: Officials said at least six people, including the governor of a northern Philippine province, have been killed when a helicopter crashed in a residential area south of Manila.
Police and military officials said four people on board, including Quezon provincial Gov. Rafael Nantes, two of his security personnel and the pilot were charred beyond recognition. Two people on the ground were also killed and at least two houses were in flames at the crash site in Lucena city in Quezon, about 70 miles (110kilometers) southeast of Manila.
Alfonso Cusi, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, says the four-seater Robinson 44 helicopter crashed about two minutes after taking off Monday from a school in Lucena en route to Manila.