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Deeper probe set on Isabela plane crash

Artemio Dumlao - The Philippine Star
Deeper probe set on Isabela plane crash
This Dec. 5, 2023 photo shows the aerial view of the missing Piper Cherokee plane in Barangay Casala, San Mariano, Isabela in Sierra Madre. It was reported missing Nov. 30, 2023.
Incident Management Team via Radyo Pilipinas Tuguegarao

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has vowed to conduct a deeper investigation into a recent plane crash in Isabela.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said probers would collect pieces of evidence at the crash site to determine the cause of the mishap that killed the pilot and his passenger.

Investigators will retrieve the plane’s emergency locator transmitter, engine and propeller, which are vital in determining the cause of the crash.

On Sunday, a K9 tracker team spotted the remains of passenger Emma Escalante some 200 meters away from the crash site.

The remains of the pilot, Capt. Levy Abul II, were found near the crash site on Dec. 7.

The plane took off from the Cauayan Airport in Isabela at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 30.

It did not reach the Palanan Airport, where it was expected to land after an hour.

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