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CAAP: Missing Cessna aircraft in Bicol has been found

SAR team
Photo of the SAR team.(JERRY S. TAN)

After several attempts to reach the crash site amid weather disturbances, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB), that is part of the search and rescue (SAR) operations for the search of the Cessna 340 (Caravan) aircraft (RP-C2080), has positively identified the aircraft’s wreckage.

The wreckage site is located at the west side slope of Mayon Volcano at the elevation of 3500-4000 ft. The wreckage was identified using a high resolution camera.

As of now, the condition of the crew and passengers are not yet known as the exact site has not yet been reached by the SAR team due to bad weather.

Earlier today, the SAR team launched three attempts which failed to reach the wreckage site due to intensified winds in the area. The SAR team utilized a Philippine Air Force (PAF) Black Hawk helicopter and a Philippine Navy AW109 aircraft in the operations.

SAR team
Photo at the command post. (JERRY S. TAN)

Per the CAAP Aviation Records Management Division (ARMD) database, Textron Aviation (formerly Cessna) has 151 actively registered aircraft with CAAP. The missing Cessna aircraft, which is operated by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), is compliant with CAAP’s airworthiness certification.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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