Friday, February 08, 2019

Bodies of Indian pilot, student recovered from Bataan crash site

Rescuers recovered yesterday the burned bodies of two occupants of a single-engine Cessna plane that vanished Monday afternoon on a flight from Subic International Airport from its homebase in Plaridel, Bulacan.

Members of a joint task force recovered the bodies of the Indian pilot, Capt. Navern Nagaraja and his student Kuldeep Singh, in a mountain in Bataan, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap).

The Caap said a helicopter that was part of the rescue effort located the plane, “somewhere in Bulacan.”

The light plane Cessna C-152, trainer aircraft left Plaridel Airport Monday morning for a series of touch-and-go landing at Subic. In the afternoon, the plane took off to return to Plaridel then vanished without a word from the pilot, the Caap said.
A Philippine Air Fore and Coast Guard task force was organized to search the plane.

The burned bodies of the victims were placed in cadaver bags and flown to the Command Center at Barangay Mabiga, Hermosa, Bataan,  by PAF Sokoi helicopter and were later airlifted to Orani for the turnover to authorities.

The Cessna aircraft with registry number RP-C 2724 was operated by Fliteline Aviation School, which was expected to return to Plaridel on the morning of Monday.
Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy officials proceeded to Bataan to coordinate with the local authorities to transport the remains back to their families in India.
08/02/19  Recto Mercene/Business Mirror