Investigators were dispatched yesterday by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) after a trainer plane reportedly crashed along the coastline of Santiago, Ilocos Sur, Friday afternoon. The aircraft was said to have gotten caught on a zip-line cable, causing it to crashland on the seashore.
The plane, operated by Leading Edge Intl. Aviation, was said to be a Cessna C172 with registry number RP-C7838. It was reportedly conducting a touch and go procedure at the Vigan Airport at 3:24 p.m. Friday and was supposed to be back on its homebase in San Fernado Airport in La Union at 4:24 p.m. when the accident happened near Vitalis Resort.
The aircraft’s flight plan identified the two pilots on board as Capt. John Kaizan Estabillo and Paola Vianca Robles. The search and rescue team recovered their bodies and brought them to shore at 7:10 a.m. yesterday.
Based on initial reports from the ground and some eyewitnesses’ accounts, the Philippine Coast Guard at Candon Northwestern Sub-station, in coordination with DRRMC office at Santiago, conducted initial search in the crash site at 5:30 p.m. but stopped after 30 minutes due to sunset limitation.
An investigation to determine the cause of the accident is underway.