MANILA, Philippines – A Philippine Air Force C-130 cargo planes crashed off a Southern coastal village with nine people on board.
Body parts and debris were found in the Bukana village on the outskirts of Davao City. Colonel Isagani Silva said the recovered debris included combat boots, a plane wheel and a folder containing the plane’s flight plan.
Lieutenant General Pedrito Cadungog, Air Force chief, said the C-130 took off from the International Airport in Davao City on Monday evening.
The flight was bound for the Eastern city of Iloilo, where it was supposed to arrive about two hours later. But Cadungog said the Air Force lost contact with the plane about 10 minutes after it took off.
One fisherman in Bukana village said he saw a ‘flash of light’ from the plane before it entered nearby waters. The planes was supposed to pick up Presidential security guards from Iloilo City for transport back to Manila.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was in Iloilo City to attend the wake of an army lieutenant colonel killed in an ambush by Muslim separatist rebels in a Southern province last week.
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