June 25, 2024

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Retrieval team reaches Cessna crash site in Isabela

By Justine Rich Talusan

THE Isabela Incident Management Team said the retrieval team yesterday reached the crash site of the ill-fated Cessna 206 plane in Bgy. Ditarum, Divilacan, Isabela.

 The group arrived to the place around 8 a.m. yesterday after braving difficult terrain and unfavorable weather.

 After 46 days, government search teams found the decomposing bodies of the six victims of the plane that crashed in the thickly-forested area of Divilacan, Isabela last January 24.

 “The rain and the slippery slopes slowed them.  Difficult terrain and the area’s thick jungle are contributing to the difficulty of retrieving the bodies which may take days,”  the IMT said in a media update.

A report to Philippine National Police Special Action Force director Brig. Gen. Rudolph B. Dimas said rainy and foggy weather and the high ground and highly-vegetated area where the plane went down, as well as lack or very weak cellphone and radio signal, were the problems encountered by the retrieval teams over the past six weeks.

The ill-fated plane crashed at the slope portion of the mountain and tore down into pieces, with many of its scattered parts found at the crash site.

Four of the victims were found 10-15 meters away from the point of impact while that of the pilot and one of his child-passengers were found at the point of impact.

 The retrieval team said some of the remains were already in an advanced state of decomposition while others only had their bones.

Cessna 206 went missing after taking off from Cauyan Airport in Isabela.