Sunday, May 20, 2012

Philippine Air Force narrows search for wreckage of trainer plane

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is now combing in an area southwest of La Monia Island near Corregidor for the wreckage of the ill-fated SF-260 trainer plane that crashed last Friday.

In a statement, PAF said “there has been no confirmation of the actual wreck site and the aircraft, save for a few debris found last Friday. This is also to belie earlier reports from other sources that remains or some body parts of the 2 missing pilots have been recovered.”

Two Air Force pilots remain missing after their trainer plane crashed off Mariveles, Bataan last Friday. The plane left Sangley Point in Cavite at around 6:52 a.m. for a proficiency flight but they lost contact three hours later.

PAF has also contracted a survey ship, with sonar and fathom tracking devices, to help in the search, PAF spokesman Lt. Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said.

PAF has ordered the temporary grounding of all SF-260 planes following the incident.

The plane that crashed on Friday was included among the batch that the Philippines bought in 1994.

Another batch of the Italian-made planes was also bought in 2008. 

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ABS-CBN News Online | May 20, 2012 | Article Link

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