Two New Zealanders onboard plane crash that killed nine people, Philippines media report

All nine people on board a small medical evacuation plane were killed when the aircraft crashed into a resort area south of the Philippine capital and exploded in flames, officials said.

Two people on the plane were believed to have been New Zealanders, Philippines media are reporting.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said they were responding to reports of New Zealanders being involved in a plane crash in teh Philippine, but could not confirm any further information due to privacy reasons. 

The light plane crashed into a resort compound in Pansol village in Laguna province near the foothills of Mount Makiling.

Police and rescuers retrieved nine bodies from the wreckage, police said.

Two people on the ground were injured and brought to a hospital.

Eric Apolonio, a spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said the light plane was on a medical evacuation flight from southern Dipolog city in Zamboanga del Norte province and disappeared from radar for unknown reasons as it flew over Laguna, about 60 kilometres south of the capital.

The plane was supposed to land in Manila.

The nine on board the plane included two pilots, two nurses, a doctor, a patient, the patient's wife and two other people, police said.

Videos posted online by witnesses showed flames and black smoke billowing from the private resort compound in Pansol, a district popular for its hot springs and swimming pools.

Firefighters and an ambulance can be seen near the scene of the crash as local officials asked villagers to step back to a safe distance.

The crash happened during the monsoon season, when fewer people visit Pansol's resorts compared to the hot summer months that ended in June.