The lone passenger of the Piper plane that crashed in Isabela on November 30 was found dead on Sunday morning near the wreckage area, the Isabela Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said.
According to Isabela PDRRMO head Constante Foronda, the body of a woman was found around 9:15 a.m. by K-9 trackers about 200 meters down the mountain slope from the plane wreckage.
The victim’s remains are currently being brought to an area where it could be recovered by a Philippine Air Force helicopter.
The remains will then be flown to the Tactical Operations Group 2 in Cauayan City, Isabela where a funeral vehicle will be waiting.
Foronda said the victim’s husband decided that the casket will be flown to the municipality of Palanan by the operator of the ill-fated aircraft.
“It took more than 3 hours before we could release the information because we still had to notify the family of the passenger first,” the PDRRMO head said.
On November 30, Piper PA-32-300 of Fliteline Airways and operated by Cyclone Airways departed Cauayan Airport at 9:39 a.m. and was supposed to arrive at Palanan Airport at 10:23 a.m.
Authorities found the missing plane in the vicinity of Barangay Casala in San Mariano municipality last Tuesday, December 5.
The body of the pilot was discovered on Thursday, December 7.
Foronda earlier said the lone passenger was not in the vicinity of the crash site but “she appears to have survived the crash as indicated by a makeshift shelter that she presumably put up near the wreckage.” —RF, GMA Integrated News