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Search on for two pilots of ill-fated Air Force trainer plane

May 18, 2012 12:35pm

Tags: Bataan
(Updated 3:15 p.m.) Search and rescue operations are ongoing for the two pilots of a Philippine Air Force trainer aircraft that crashed before noon Friday in the vicinity of Bataan province, officials said.  

Earlier in the day, Coast Guard officials said they have deployed personnel to an area near Mariveles town where the SF-260 training craft (No. 716) was believed to have crashed, radio dzBB's Carlo Mateo reported.
Vice Admiral Edmund Tan, Coast Guard commandant, cited initial information indicating a pilot and a copilot were aboard the plane when it took off from Sangley in Cavite province.

For his part, Armed Forces Northern Luzon Command spokesman Capt. Aurelio Kigis said the plane departed Sangley at 6:52 a.m. for a proficiency flight to Corregidor in Bataan.

It was reported missing after it failed to return on time. 

Around 11 a.m, Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Miguel Okol said Navy and Air Force personnel recovered the aicraft's debris in Mariveles. 

“We were able to confirm some debris...Thats all the details I know as of now. Search and rescue operations are ongoing,” he said.

On the conditions of the pilots, Okol said: “Personally, I do not know.” — RSJ, GMA News

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Tags: Bataan