Updated: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:45:10 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

One dead after plane crashes in Malaysian Borneo

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.


One dead after plane crashes in Malaysian Borneo

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737 plane flies over the Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang on March 18, 2013

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, the New Straits Times reported.

Malaysia Airlines said the 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.

Newspapers reported that another two of the five injured were in critical condition. All 16 on board the plane were taken to hospital for checkups.

The airline said the cause of the incident was still under investigation and its chief executive was en route to Sabah to oversee the situation.

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.

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