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Search teams recover 6 bodies of Cessna crash victims in Isabela

March 11, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 270 views

AFTER 46 days, government search teams on Saturday finally recovered the badly decomposing bodies of the six victims of a Cessna 206 plane that crashed in the thickly-forested area of Divilacan, Isabela last January 24.

The Isabela Incident Management Team said the retrieval team reached the crash site in Barangay Ditarum in Divilacan municipality around 8 in the morning after braving difficult terrain and despite the unfavorable weather.

“The rain and the slippery slopes slowed them. Difficult terrain and the area’s thick jungle are contributing to the difficulty of retrieving the bodies, which may take days,” the IMT said in a media update.

Commandos from the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), the Divilacan Rescue 314, Divilacan Municipal Police Station, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Army’s 95th Infantry Battalion (IB) and the Maconacon Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) arrived at the crash site 8 a.m. Saturday.

A report to PNP-SAF Director Brigadier General Rudolph B. Dimas said rainy and foggy weather and the high ground and highly-vegetated area where the plane went down, as well as lack or very weak cellphone and radio signal, were the problems encountered by the retrieval teams over the past six weeks.

The ill-fated plane crashed at the slope portion of the mountain and tore down into pieces, with many of its scattered parts found at the crash site.

Four of the victims were found 10-15 meters away from the point of impact, while the pilot and one of his child passengers were found at the point of impact.

Some of the remains were already in an advanced state of decomposition, while others only had their bones.

The remains of the six were placed in large plastic bags before being sealed in cadaver bags. They will be carried down the mountain and to Divilacan proper as soon as possible.

The plane went missing after taking off from Cauyan Airport in Isabela.