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Latest News Philippines: CAAP probes crash – Journal.com.ph:

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) yesterday deployed crash accident investigators to Masbate to investigate the crash on Saturday of a light aircraft carrying Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and three others.

Information gathered from the office of CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss, the aviation probers will determine whether the incident was caused by “human error” or “engine trouble”.

“This  depends upon the collected pieces of evidence and testimony of the survivor, including the statement of some witnesses, particularly the fishermen who were the first to approach the downed aircraft,” said a CAAP investigator who refused to be identified.

Debris from the Piper Seneca aircraft, a four-seater plane with body No. RP-C4431, have been found at crash site, more than 500 meters from the Masbate airport.

It was learned that the plane boarded by Robredo, 54, came from Cebu en route to Naga City but encountered trouble along the way when they reached the Masbate air space and crashed.

On board the plane were Pilot Capt. Jessup Bahinting, student pilot Kshitiz Chand, a Nepalese national, Senior Inspector Jun Abrazado and Robredo.

Hotchkiss said that before the plane ditched into the water, Bahinting made a distress call and requested emergency landing but it’s too late.

Abrazado survived the crash when he allegedly jumped before the plane hit the water.

Meanwhile, Hotchkiss ordered the grounding of all Piper Seneca light aircraft owned by Aviatour Air, a Mactan based aircraft rental company, where Bahinting is an Chief Executive Officer.

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