A small plane crashed into a yard in Guatemala City on Thursday, reportedly killing six people on board and setting a home on fire near the airport.

The Francisco Marroquin University said four of its professors were on the plane and died in the crash, along with the pilot and another passenger.

Authorities were unable to confirm the number of dead, saying the blaze made it difficult for emergency personnel to examine the crash site.

Guatemala's director of civil aviation, Juan Jose Carlos, said the plane's flight plan listed six people aboard.

It was not immediately known if anyone was in the house.

Carlos said the six-seat plane took off from the La Aurora airport just 200 yards from the crash site and was bound for the neighboring country of Belize.

Part of the aircraft came to rest in a swimming pool.