Manila (Web Desk): At least ten people were killed when a small plane crashed into a house just outside the Philippine capital on Saturday, Gulf News reported.

The twin-engine aircraft crashed shortly after taking off in Plaridel town, killing all five aboard as well as three children, a mother and a grandmother from the family in the house , said Superintendent Julio Lizardo.

"We had to dig through the rubble to find the bodies," he said, explaining why the toll rose from an initial figure of seven dead .

Officials declined to say what may have caused the crash of the Piper PA-23 Apache, operated by a local charter company.