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Retrieved bodies of 6 Cessna plane crash victims in Isabela to be sent home

Isabela, Philippines – Remains of the Cessna 206 pilot and five passengers are to be carried down by rescuers to Divilacan town, Isabela from Sierra Madre in three days.

The Incident Management Team Commander, Attorney Constante Foronda Jr., confirmed that the missing Cessna aircraft was finally found today, March 9. This is 44 days since it was reported missing on January 24.

The plane was found at the Sierra Madre, particularly at site Delta. This is within a 20-kilometer radius of the Maconacon cell site. The area also corroborated with the farmer’s testimony who claimed he saw the airplane in distress and was heading towards the Pacific Ocean before it turned towards the Sierra Madre.

Izikiel Chavez, Divilacan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer explained there were attempts by rescuers to penetrate said area. The first one was called off after the rescuers had to turn back to go and check the white object located in another part of Divilacan. The next attempt was held due to bad weather.

He added there was a river the rescuers had to cross before getting to the area. Once the water level lowered, the rescuers were able to penetrate the place and it was there they saw the wreckage of the missing plane.

No survivors

It was initially described that the victims are still identifiable except for one who allegedly had a dismembered body.

Due to the difficult terrain at the Sierra Madre, it is estimated that the remains of the 6 occupants of the plane will be carried down from the mountain to Divilacan town three days from now. Then, they will be flown to Cauayan City, Isabela.

The Cessna plane with tail number RPC-1174 was declared missing after it failed to land at its supposed destination in Maconacon, Isabela on January 24, 2023.


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