Two pilots and seven crew members are suspected dead after debris of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130 was found on the waters of Davao a day after it was reported missing on Monday (August 25, 2008).
Rescuers recovered a body and several body parts aside from the debris believe to be from the C-130. A severed head and several human limbs were fished out of the water by the search and rescue team.
The pilot was identified as Major Manuel Sambrano and his co-pilot Captain Adrian de Dios, both graduates of PMA Class 1999. The crew members were identified as Flight Technical Sergeant Constantino Lobregat, Staff Sergeant John Arriola, S/Sgt. Gerry Selioso, S/Sgt. Felix Pedro Patriarga, S/Sgt. Petrolino Fernandez, S/Sgt. Patricio Claur Jr., and S. Sgt. Aldrin Ilustrisimo.
Body parts and plane tires were said to be found around the Barangay Bucana, Davao City a nearby village where the plane crashed around noon yesterday, August 26, 2008.
Possibility of terrorist attacks was not ruled out by the incident.
It was said that the plane was about 5,000 feet up in air when it made its last call for clearance for a flight path. Authorities was baffled by it’s sudden disappearance noting that the pilots handling the plane were seasoned ones.
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