Government is continuing its search and rescue operations in Isabela province following a light plane bound for Maconacon Airport that went missing after it took off from Cauayan Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
Aviation authorities launched a full- scale search and rescue following a light aircraft that reportedly went missing on Tuesday afternoon in Isabela province.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Wednesday said that Cauayan Tower reported that a single-engine, six-seater Cessna C206 with registry number RP-C1174 failed to reach to "its intended destination at Maconacon Airport" in Isabela.
The plane departed Cauayan Airport, also in Isabela, at 2:15 p.m. where its last contact with the air traffic controller was reportedly at 2:09 p.m. as the plane was within the vicinity of the province's Naguillian Bridge.
According to CAAP officials, the plane was expected to arrive at Maconacon Airport at 2:45 p.m.
Cauayan Airport is 72.8 kilometers from Maconacon Airport. There are three commercial airports in Isabela, and the third is the Palanan Airport.
In an effort to locate the plane, Cauayan Tower initiated a communication search, but "due to lack of response from RP-C1174, Alert Level was elevated and search and rescue commenced at around 4 p.m."
The CAAP stressed that alert level was raised to Distress Phase due to negative result of the communication search which prompted a full scale search and rescue "which is still ongoing.
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