Government rescue team and volunteers are searching for the missing Cessna plane with two persons onboard that went missing few minutes after taking off the airport in Plaridel, Bulacan Monday.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is conducting the search with the help of Air Force and Coast Guard personnel to locate the two-seater Cessna C-152 training aircraft (registry number RP-C 2724) owned and operated by Fliteline Aviation School.
The aircraft departed Plaridel airport around 7:20 am and landed in Subic at 7:51 am for a touch and go landing maneuver.
CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said the plane went missing on his way back to Plaridel airport since Monday afternoon.
“The search and rescue operations proves negative as of yesterday (Tuesday). The Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Coast Guard were tapped to join search and rescue operations,” he said.
Apolonio said the search and rescue team is concentrating in the area of Sta. Rita mountain between Pampanga and Zambales.
Volunteers in the localities also helped in the search and rescue operations.
CAAP officials refused to give the names of those onboard the missing training aircraft, citing agency protocols. They are hoping that the flight trainer and the student are somewhere alive.