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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Aircraft crashes in Camp John Hay, Baguio; 1 confirmed dead


MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – A person was killed and 5 others were injured when a private plane, a six-seater Piper Aztec, crashed at Camp John Hay in Baguio City on Sunday.

There are conflicting reports on the number of fatalities. Local police said there are 4 fatalities but the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said there is only “the lady who was confirmed dead on the spot.”

In an interview with ANC, CAAP’s corporate communications officer Floramel Joy Songsong could not yet confirm the identity of the woman.

Senior Inspector Ruben Porte, the Philippine National Police (PNP) station commander in Loakan, identified the pilot-in-command as retired Col. Reynaldo Garcia.

The twin-engine light aircraft, operated by Techno Air, left the Loakan Airport at around 2:48 p.m.

It was supposed to fly to Plaridel, Bulacan. Two minutes after its take-off, the air traffic controller lost signal from the aircraft.

ABS-CBN Northern Luzon correspondent Dhobie de Guzman was near the site when the incident happened.

He said the badly injured passengers were rushed to the Baguio General Hospital. The so-called pony boys working in the area were first to respond to the victims.

Many onlookers were able to witness the plane explode near the horse trail, which serves as a picnic area in the park. They saw the plane caught fire before plunging into the trees.


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