Friday, April 3, 2009

Islander missing in Northern Philippines - 7 on Board

TUGUEGARAO, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police have declared missing a small aircraft with seven people aboard after it failed to arrive at a northern town.

Regional police commander Chief Superintendent Roberto Damian says the 10-seater BN Islander left northern Tuguegarao city in Cagayan province early Thursday for the remote township of Maconacon in nearby Isabela province some 35 minutes away.

Damian says it never arrived and that there has been no communication from the plane. 

It is possible the aircraft, carrying two pilots and five passengers, landed at another air strip. But he says authorities are "preparing for the worst."It has been raining in the area for two days.Damian says the plane is owned by ChemTrad Aviation Corp.

Damian identified the plane’s pilot as Capt. Tomas Z. Yaňez and co-pilot as Capt. Reiner Ruiz.

The passengers included SPO2 Rolly Castaňos, Celestino Salacup, Abelardo Baggay, Joel Basilio and James Bakilan.

Chief Supt. Roberto Damian, PNP regional director for Cagayan Valley, said the Chemtrad plane with tail number 764 left Tuguegarao airport in Cagayan province past 8 a.m.

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