Soldiers, cops search for missing aircraft in Aurora

MORE than 50 soldiers and policemen as of press time were still scouring the mountains of Maria Aurora, Aurora in search of a missing aircraft, Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said.

The official, however, said that heavy rains are hampering the search-and-rescue operation in Barangay Suguit in Maria Aurora municipality.

Coronel said an Air Force Huey helicopter flew to the possible crash site at 11:25 a.m. yesterday but returned an hour later with negative result.

“Ground personnel are still searching the area for possible wreckage and survivor,” said Coronel .

The missing aircraft (C-152, RPC 3604) being piloted by Aaron Dizon is owned by the Omni Aviation Corporation.

Based on the report from the tactical command post of the 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battallion, Philippine Army here, five aircraft landed at the Baler Airport in San Luis town at around 9:38 a.m. Sunday and left for Clark Airport at about 3:08 p.m. on the same day.

However, only four aircraft managed to land in Clark.

Police Lieutenant Harold Donato, OIC, chief of police of San Luis Municipal Police Station, said there was an unverified report of an aircraft that crashed in the mountains of Maria Aurora and San Luis.

“There is an old man who claimed to have seen an aircraft enter into a cloud and suddenly disappeared in the part of the Dialatnan mountain,” Donato said.

With Mamer Bañez