Cessna plane on training flight crashes in Davao Oriental; pilot, student missing
DAVAO CITY––Rescuers are searching for the pilot and the student of the Cessna plane that crashed at 7:30 a.m. today, March 7, in Mati City, Davao Oriental, according to the Mati City Information Office.
Remnants of the Cessna 150 plane with body number RPC9005, reportedly owned by Mactan Aviation, was found on the crash site in Sitio Otso, Purok Bitan-agan in Barangay Dahican.
The plane, which was reported to be on its training flight from Davao City to Mati, Davao Oriental, was taking off when it hit a mango tree and crashed.
Rescuers from the Mati City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office failed to find the pilot and student on board. They also checked nearby hospitals but did not find any trace of the still-unidentified passengers.
Kyle Reyes, a personnel of Secdea Aviation that managed the crash area, said the incident had been reported to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines for investigation.
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