Bodies of 2 pilots recovered in Philippine crash

Last Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:45

Manila: Philippine officials say divers have recovered the bodies of two pilots from a plane that crashed in the sea over the weekend and killed the country`s popular interior secretary, ending a massive search.

Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the Filipino pilot, Captain Jessup Bahinting, was retrieved from the wreckage of the four-seat Piper Seneca plane on the sea floor off central Masbate province on Wednesday.

His Nepalese co-pilot, Kshitiz Chand, was found floating on Thursday.

Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo`s body was retrieved on Tuesday in a US Navy-backed search supervised by President Benigno Aquino III. Robredo`s police aide managed to swim out of the doomed plane and survived.

With a stalled engine, the plane crashed at sea while attempting to land on Saturday at the Masbate airport. The wreckage was brought ashore on Thursday.


First Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 10:45

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