No survivors in Cessna plane crash in Albay
No survivors in Cessna plane crash in Albay
No survivors in Cessna plane crash in Albay
by Christhel Cuazon23 February 2023

There were no survivors in the Cessna plane that crashed near the crater of Mayon Volcano in Albay, Camalig Mayor Carlos Irwin Baldo confirmed on Thursday.

In a Facebook post, Baldo said the authorities located the bodies of the two Filipino crew members and two Australian nationals on Wednesday afternoon. This comes days after the aircraft went missing and search operations were launched.

The passengers were earlier identified as pilot Capt. Rufino James Crisostomo Jr., crewman Joel Martin, and Australians Simon Chipperfield and Karthi Santhanam who were technical consultants of a local geothermal firm.

The mayor said an additional group of responders as well as personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) were already deployed to retrieve the bodies of the fatalities.


In a statement, the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), which operated the Cessna aircraft, mourned the passing of the victims.

"We stand in compassion and deep sorrow with the families of our fallen Kapamilyas in this unthinkable tragedy. We are working with authorities to bring them home to their loved ones where they may rest in peace," their statement read.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) earlier confirmed that the Cessna plane received airworthiness from them.


On Sunday, the plane was reported missing after taking off at the Bicol International Airport on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, at 6:50 AM.

The fuselage was recovered within 6,500 feet or more than 300 meters away from Mayon volcano's crater on February 19.

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