Diver recovers flight plan of Robredo plane
MANILA, Philippines - It may not be long before authorities locate the ill-fated Piper Seneca aircraft carrying Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo as a diver helping in the search and rescue operations recovered its flight plan from the crash site on Sunday, August 19.
"(First) more definitive sign of location," Transportation Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas posted on his Twitter account.
1st more definitive sign of location. Cc of flight plan recovered by divers on seabed 100+ ft... twitter.com/MARoxas/status…— Mar Roxas (@MARoxas) August 19, 2012
Roxas later tweeted that the diver who retrieved the document confirmed it was alongside "tracks," which means the fuselage of the aircraft might have dragged along the seabed and could be nearby.
1630 update. Diver hu found flt pln confirms it was at 150 ft alongside "tracks" on sea bed along N-S heading.— Mar Roxas (@MARoxas) August 19, 2012
The flight plan was the only item, apart from a portion of the plane's wing and its fuel tank, that has been recovered so far from the crash site off the coast of Masbate.
The plane, with Registry No. RPC 4431, took off at around 3 p.m. from Cebu on Saturday with 4 persons on board: Robredo and his aide, Police Inspector Jun Abrasado; and the two pilots, Capt Jessup Bahinting and Kshitiz Chand, a Nepalese. Bahinting is chair of the company that owns the plane.
The plane crashed into sea hundreds of meters away from the Masbate airport, where it attempted to make an emergency landing after encountering engine problems.
Robredo, Bahinting and Chand remain missing. Abrasado survived the crash and was rescued by fishermen from the sea.
Search and rescue operations for Robredo and his companions are ongoing. President Aquino flew to Masbate to personally oversee the efforts. He was accompanied by Roxas and other Cabinet officials. - Rappler.com
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