Friday, May 18, 2012

PAF trainer plane crashes in Bataan

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2 - 3:41 p.m.) An Air Force trainer plane crashed in the vicinity of the coastal town of Mariveles, Bataan on Friday morning.

The plane took off at 6:52 am from Sangley Point, Cavite and alerted the control tower between 9 and 10 am, after which it was declared missing.

The Philippine Navy has found the wreckage of the plane. A lieutenant and a major were reportedly onboard the plane but their names were not immediately made available.

Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said the SF260 TP Warrior, a Cessna plane, "crashed in the vicinity of Mariveles, Bataan. Search and Rescue operations are currently ongoing."

Senior Inspector Dennis Orbista, spokesman of the Bataan police, said the plane took off from from the military base in Sangley Point in Cavite for a training session.

An hour after the plane crashed and Coast Guard personnel recovered the wreckage at Lamonja Island in Cavite, about an hour's boat ride from Mariveles.

Recovered from the sea were a fuel tank and a plane seat.

The Navy's BRP General Mariano Alvarez is continuing to search for the downed aircraft's crew.

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