Sunday, September 2, 2012

Philippine official, 2 others missing after plane crashes at sea

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 19, 2012) – Rescuers continue to search for three people, including a senior government official, who went missing after their air plane crashed at sea in central Philippines.

Government media reported that the plane, carrying Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, went down off Masbate Island on Saturday and that one has survived the crash.

Robredo was heading to Naga City from Cebu when the plane, a twin-engine Piper Seneca piloted by Captain Jessup Bahinting and Nepalese Kshitiz Chand, crashed.

The lone survivor, Police Chief Inspector June Paolo Abrazado, said the pilots radioed the control tower to say that the plane was experiencing engine trouble barely 30 minutes after it took off from Cebu airport.

Rescuers said they found a piece of the plane’s wing. (Mindanao Examiner)

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