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MANILA, Philippines - Although the chances of finding the two missing pilots who figured in a trainer plane crash last week was getting slimmer, search-and-rescue operations to find them continues, Philippine Air Force (PAF) chief Lt. Gen. Catalino dela Cruz said Tuesday.
“We’ve no good news yet. What the sonar identified yesterday was a wreckage of an old boat from the 150 feet deeps,” dela Cruz.
The Italy-made SF260 trainer plane crashed last Friday some 3 nautical miles off Mariveles, Bataan. While the Air Force was mum on the identities of the two pilots, reliable sources said they are a Major Tumaning, a member of the Masikhay Class of 1999 of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), and one Lt. Arugay. Sources said the two pilots were from Cagayan.
“We’re praying that they will be found as soon as possible. The Masikhay class will be gathering this evening at the Villamor Air base for a mass to offer prayers,” one member of the class told InterAksyon.
Dela Cruz said, “So far, we are still searching. What is important is to recover them including the plane wreckage, so that we will be able to know what could have been the cause of the crash,” he said.