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Remains of Cessna plane crash victims brought down from Sierra Madre

The remains of the passengers and the pilot of the Cessna plane that crashed in Isabela have been successfully brought down from the wreckage site in Sierra Madre, three days after retrieval operations started.

The remains of all six victims have been brought to the nearby Dimapnat Village in Divalacan, according to a report on GMA’s “News Live” on Sunday evening.

A team will then fly out the remains via helicopter to Cauayan City Airport on Monday, where the Cesnna plane took off and was reported missing on January 24, and where relatives are currently awaiting.

The plane took off at 2:15 p.m. on January 24, and was expected to arrive in the town of Maconacon at 2:45 p.m. The pilot last communicated with air traffic controllers at 2:19 p.m.

The retrieval team found the wreckage site and started to proceed on Thursday, March 9, but it was only reached on the morning of March 11, Saturday due to bad weather.

The Isabela Incident Management Team earlier said that all six people onboard the aircraft were killed. The local PDRRMO said weather was clear when the plan left the airport, but wind around Sierra Madre was “turbulent.” — Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/BM, GMA Integrated News