Fuel tank of ill-fated plane carrying Robredo found — NDRRMC
Fishermen from Masbate province recovered Saturday evening the fuel tank from the Piper Seneca plane that crashed with the Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo on board.
DILG chief Robredo boarded a Piper Seneca plane like these two. Aviatour Air has two Piper Seneca planes in its fleet of 35+ planes. Robredo's plane was piloted by Jessup Bahinting, the CEO of Mactan-based Aviatour Air and a flight instructor, and his student Kshitiz Chand, a Nepali. Aviatour Air
A report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Undersecretary Benito Ramos confirmed in a report that the fuel tank was found, and that it is now with the Masbate Police.
Robredo and two others, pilot Jessup Bahinting and Nepalese flight student Kshitiz Chand are still missing, while Robredo's aide-de-camp, Police Senior Inspector Jhun Abrasado survived the crash with a fractured arm.
According to the NDRRMC, Abrasado was rescued by passing fishermen after the crash.
Abrasado joined the rescuers in the search for Robredo, Bahinting, and Chand, Communications Strategy Secretary Ricky Carandang said in an earlier report.
President Benigno Aquino III and members of his cabinet arrived at the crash site in Masbate before 7 a.m. Sunday. PNoy wil lead search-and-rescue efforts, Transportation secretary Manuel Roxas II said in an earlier report.
The President was accompanied by cabinet secretaries Voltaire Gazmin (defense) and Florencio Abad (budget), Philippine National Police chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome, and Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa. — Carmela Lapeña /LBG, GMA news
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