Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Cessna 152, RPC-6791: Indonesian student pilot survives crash

MANILA, Philippines—An Indonesian student pilot escaped death after the light plane he was flying crashed in a mountainous area in Cervantes town, Ilocos Sur on Monday.

Reports reaching the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in Manila said the Cessna 152 plane with tail number RPC-6791 crashed in Sitio Maslong, Barangay Dinwede West, Cervantes.

The pilot, Michael Djaja, was rescued at around 6:30 p.m. by villagers who trekked two hours to the crash site. The municipality of Cervantes is located along Ilocos Sur’s boundary with Mountain Province and Benguet.

The plane took off from the San Fernando City airport in La Union at around 10 a.m. on Monday and was bound for Tagudin, Ilocos Sur when it crashed for still unknown reasons.

The owner of the plane, Leading Edge International Aviation Academy, through flight instructor Donabel Bello, later called the police to report that the plane could no longer be contacted.

The Philippine Air Force also sent a reconnaissance plane to fly over the vicinity of the crash. 


MANILA, Philippines — A light plane crashed in Ilocos Sur on Monday, triggering a massive rescue operation for an Indonesian pilot in the area located in the farthest town of the province.

At around 8 p.m. the same day, the pilot identified as Michael Djaja was rescued alive, according to Supt. Jovencio Badua, spokesman of the Ilocos Sur regional police.

“He has a lot of wounds and could not stand up when rescued,” said Badua.

Quoting initial result of the probe, Badua said the Cessna plane left San Fernando City airport at 10 a.m. to do a maneuver in Tagudin when it did not return at noon time, its expected return.

Rescue teams have to walk for two hours before it reached the crash site in Barangay Dinwede in Cervantes town.

Chief Supt. Franklin Bucayu, Ilocos regiona police commander, said the Indonesian pilot was already airlifted to a hospital in La Union where he would be treated.

“He has fractured leg with minor contusion,” said Bucayu. (Aaron Recuenco)

The plane piloted by the Indonesian is reportedly owned by the Leading Edge international Aviation Academy based in San Fernando City in La Union.

The plane crash occurred while the country is still reeling from another air mishap that killed Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo on the sea off Masbate City.

Source:   http://www.mb.com.ph

MANILA, Philippines – An Indonesian student pilot survived after his Cessna aircraft crashed in Ilocos Sur on Monday.

Local officials said the plane, manned by Michael Djaya, crashed in a mountainous area in Cervantes town.

Rescuers said Djaya is now in stable condition.

The Cessna plane took off from La Union.

Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the crash. 

– report from Randy Menor, dzMM

Source:   http://www.abs-cbnnews.com

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