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North Cotabato town mourns death of one of its own in plane crash

/ 01:36 PM March 30, 2020

Lionair pilot-trainee Edmark Agravante Jael was among the crew of the crashed aircraft. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

PIGCAWAYAN, NORTH COTABATO — People here are mourning the death of a student pilot who was aboard the Lionair Agusta WWW24 plane that exploded after taking off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on its way to Haneda, Japan on a medical evacuation mission.

Mayor Jean Dino D. Roquero said classmates and town mates of Edmark Agravante Jael are mourning what they said was his untimely death.

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“We are deeply saddened,” the mayor said after learning of Agravante’s death. “We know no words could ease your pain right now,” he said, addressing himself to Agravante’s family.

A graduate of Asian International School of Aeronautics & Technology (AISAT) in Davao City, Agravante was aboard the Agusta WW24 aircraft as a pilot-trainee of Lionair.

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His parents sought privacy in mourning.

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