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US Embassy to help in search of missing plane, pilot

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 07:14 PM August 11, 2019
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The U.S. Embassy in Manila (File photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines — The United States (US) Embassy in the Philippines said it would coordinate with authorities in searching for a plane and its pilot that has been missing for month after reportedly crashing in Baler, Aurora.

The embassy the statement on Sunday after Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. for assistance.

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“We need help. A missing plane and pilot dropped into dense mountainous jungle in Baler, Aurora 14 days ago. The PH Army/Air Force—on it from get-go but resources stretched with weather & Batanes—say rightly @DFAPHL must request USMarineCorps. My OAA has requested,” Locsin wrote in a tweet, noting that the Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force requested resources from the US Marine Corps.

The US Embassy immediately responded, saying it would be working with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

“@USEmbassyPH is ready to assist. We’ve been in touch with Philippine authorities to determine what assistance is needed and how we can help. #FriendsPartnersAllies @DFAPHL @PCOOgov @CAAP_Operations,” the embassy wrote in a separate tweet.

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In another tweet, Locsin replied: “Owe you big time. On behalf of the Filipino people: Thank you.”

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