Another Cessna reported missing

February 18, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 372 views

ANOTHER Cessna aircraft with four passengers, including the pilot and crew, has been reported to be missing, the aviation authority said.

According to the official statement issued by Eric Apolonio, spokesperson of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Cessna 340 (Caravan) aircraft with registry number RP-C2080 went missing in Camalig, Albay on Saturday, February 18.

Apolonio said based on the record, the last contact with the aircraft was made with the air traffic control at 6:46 a.m. Saturday, while the aircraft was reportedly abeam Camalig Bypass Road.

The aircraft departed Bicol International Airport at 6:43 a.m. and was carrying four persons on board – the pilot, a crew and two passengers. The flight was bound for Manila, said Apolonio.

Concerned agencies and authorities, including the local government of Camalig, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Coast Guard, Office of Civil Defense and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, have been informed about the incident and are coordinating with the CAAP in the search and rescue operations for the aircraft.

CAAP has also dispatched officers from its Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board to assist in the emergency that is now in “Distress Phase.”

Last January 24, a Cessna aircraft was reported missing in the Cagayan region and there has been no development until now on the whereabouts of the plane.