Missing: What happened to Cessna Plane and 6 occupants? Search Expands to the Sea Level

Missing: What happened to Cessna Plane and 6 occupants? Search Expands to the Sea Level

6 Seater Cessna 206 Plane Goes Missing Post Take-Off in Philippines. Let’s see more details about Cessna 206 Plane and search level in the following paragraphs.

  • The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has intensified the search in Isabela for the missing Cessna plane with six people on board after authorities failed to contact the aircraft.
  • The Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) confirmed to CNN Philippines that the pilot is Capt. Eleazar Mark Joven.
    In a Facebook post, the Cagayan Provincial Information Office also identified one of the passengers as Josefa Perla Espana.

Search Expands to the Sea Level

A search team has been deployed to the waters off Isabela province after rescuers failed to find the missing Cessna plane and its six occupants in the forests of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges in the last 12 days.

It’s hard to tell. First, the bad weather. But the chance of locating the plane today is higher because the search area has been narrowed down and can be pinpointed. But our main problem is the weather.

Foronda was responding to a question on whether the missing plane will be located within the day. The Isabela Incident Management Team had narrowed down the search area to Divilacan town after they received information that a farmer saw a distressed plane flying towards Maconacon airport.

The area is within Barangay Dicaruyan in Divilacan – only 10 kilometers from the cell site of the town of Maconacon. Earlier, the authorities said the cellphone of one of the passengers was able to register within the cell site’s radius.

What happened to Cessna Plane and its 6 occupants?

The Cessna plane, with tail number RP-C1174 and six people on board, has been missing since January 24 after it took off from the Cauayan Domestic Airport in Isabela province. The plane was supposed to arrive at 3 pm on the same day in Maconacon town.

Teams looking for a Cessna plane that went off the radar while on its way to Maconacon, Isabela, on Tuesday have focused their search on a 20-kilometer radius area in the Sierra Madre mountain ranges from where the last mobile phone signal from one of six people onboard was logged, authorities said on Thursday.

The search, which was called off on Wednesday due to poor weather conditions, resumed on Thursday as two helicopters from the Philippine Air Force-Tactical Operations Group 2 traced the plane’s flight path between Cauayan City and Maconacon, said Constante Foronda, Isabela provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer. Foronda told reporters that the search included the northern section of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges.

Foronda said search and rescue teams determined this location after learning that a relative tried to call one of the passengers. He said the phone rang during that call but it went unanswered. Succeeding attempts to reach the passenger failed. The six-seat Gen AV Cessna 206 disappeared from radar an hour after it took off at 2:16 p.m. on Tuesday from the Cauayan Airport. It never reached the Maconacon airport, where it was expected to land at 3 p.m. that day.

As per the Reports-Cessna Plane

Foronda added that authorities have yet to deploy a drone in the area because of bad weather. The official added they cannot say if there is a “high” probability that the passengers survived until they see signs of life, but added that they are hopeful.

The Isabela PDRRMO head said they also set up a triage in their command center to immediately attend to the survivors’ medical needs in case they are rescued. The operation remains at the search and rescue level, as of Friday.
Foronda also responded to criticisms that authorities are not doing enough. The Isabela official said it’s hard to operate because of the area’s topography.

They think it’s easy to search because they think the area is flat. They don’t know it’s actually a mountain range, tall mountains standing together. When you make a mistake, you can fall to the side of the mountain, or the helicopter will crash into the mountain.

How about emergency locators?

Planes have an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) that can be used to identify the location of an aircraft in case of an emergency. During the briefing, Foronda and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines explained that an ELT is a device attached to a plane. In case of a collision or plane crash, the device will notify the system and will activate the plane’s location.

But, according to Foronda, they have yet to receive information through the Cessna plane’s ELT. He added there could be a lot of factors as to why the ELT system has yet to provide information about the plane.

Seeks Help from the Hunters and Locals

Day 13: Hunters and their dogs are tapped to join the search for the missing Cessna plane in Isabela. They were tasked to scour the Ilagan side of Sierra Madre where some residents claim they saw a plane flying too low and then vanishing into the clouds.

Social Media Response

hello, moots and BFFs. I’m desperately asking you guys to please offer prayers for the passengers and pilots of this missing Cessna plane. my boyfriend and his family were the said passengers so please, I need prayers na safe silang lahat and makakauwi na by today.

The First Isabela Provincial Mobile Force Company is following the testimonies of residents of Ilagan that they saw smoke and a plane in distress around the time Cessna 206 went missing. One of their areas of concentration is Mount Moises.

LOOK: The search for the missing Cessna plane carrying 6 passengers continues as the Philippine Army’s 95th Infantry Battalion search and rescue team navigates treacherous terrain in the hinterlands of Isabela on Sunday, Jan. 29

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