Friday, July 27, 2012

Flight instructor and student pilot injured in plane crash - off the coast of Iba, Zambales - Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – A 2-seater Cessna plane crashed off the coast of Iba, Zambales on Friday, police said.  

Initial police investigation showed that the plane’s engine malfunctioned immediately after take off, causing the plane to crash just 15 meters off the coast of Barangay Lipay-Dingin-Panibuatan in Iba.

Authorities said the plane’s Filipino pilot Capt. John Paul Garcia, 34; and Nepalese co-pilot Vivian Malindan, 19, were rescued by fishermen and were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Garcia, a flight instructor of the All Asia Aviation Academy, was training Malindan when the plane crashed.

Investigations are still ongoing.  

A pilot and his student were injured after a two-seater Cessna plane they were flying crashed in the waters off Iba town in Zambales Friday.

Investigators are verifying information the crash stemmed from engine trouble, according to a report on radio dzBB early Saturday.

The injured were initially identified as pilot John Paul Garcia and his student Vivian.

Both passengers were rescued and brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.

An initial investigation showed the plane may have had engine trouble minutes after takeoff.


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