3 Dead, 5 Injured After Tokyo Plane Crash Sets Neighborhood on Fire: Reports

3 Dead, 5 Injured After Tokyo Plane Crash Sets Neighborhood on Fire
Wreckage following a plane crash in a Tokyo suburb on July 26, 2015.
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07/26/2015 AT 02:50 PM EDT

Three people are dead and five more are injured after a small plane crashed into a Tokyo suburb in Japan on Sunday, setting houses aflame, according to the Associated Press.

The five-seater crashed at about 11 a.m. local time, according to Japan's public broadcaster NHK.

Tokyo Fire Department officials said three people were killed, according to the AP: the pilot, one of the four passengers and a woman at the crash site. The injured, taken for treatment, include the three remaining passengers and two others at the crash site.

The plane had departed from an airport in Chofu, a Tokyo suburb, before crashing into a neighborhood about 500 meters away, police said, according to The Guardian.

"Television footage showed a mangled plane, broken up with its tail upside down, resting on a crushed car in a residential lot as dozens of firefighters battled the blaze and treated the victims," the AP reports.

Three houses and two cars were destroyed in the crash, and two more houses were damaged, fire officials told NHK.

The cause of the crash or the status of the injured were not immediately known, according to the AP. Police will investigate.

The three passengers were conscious following the crash, police told NHK.

One witness told the AP, "I ran upstairs, then I saw the house just over there on fire, with a tail of the plane sticking out of it."
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