CAAP to probe Camiguin plane crash

Map of Mambajao, Camiguin

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) will send its investigators at the scene of a plane crash that killed 2 people, including a Norwegian woman, in Camiguin Island in Northern Mindanao last Sunday, March 4.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the fatalities as Christian Cebrecus, a native of Cebu, and Raquel Strande, 37 of Norway.

The NDRRMC report said that Cebrecus was piloting the CESSNA 172 plane with body number RPC209 when it crashed Sunday around 8:15 a.m. in Brgy Baylao in Mambajao, Camiguin's capital town.

The aircraft is owned by Avia Tour Company and was bound for Mambajao from Mactan Island in Cebu when it crashed.

Three other foreign passengers were injured and were brought to the Camiguin General Hospital for medical treatment. They were Lance Strande, 56, and Jensola Strande, 3, both of Norway, and Dewi Nurmala, 23, of Indonesia.

It's not known yet what caused the crash but initial police reports indicate that strong winds whipping the plane while trying to make a landing may have contributed to the fatal incident. The report added that the plane burst into flames after hitting a coconut tree.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or destruction to properties from the ground.

Camiguin Island is a primary tourist destination in Mindanao boasting of natural attractions such as pristine white beaches, waterfalls, springs and active volcanoes.

Members of the Mambajao municipal police station have been deployed to the crash site to secure the plane debris pending the CAAP probe. - Rappler.com