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Cessna plane crashes shortly after take-off in La Union

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THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has dispatched a team to investigate a Cessna C172-type aircraft that crash landed in La Union, resulting in minor injuries to the pilot and his companion.

The incident occurred at around 8:30 a.m. after the pilot sent an emergency message to the airport tower.

According to the CAAP, the aircraft with registration RP-C6923, declared an emergency immediately after taking off from San Fernando airport. It then ditched about five nautical miles thereafter into the shallow waters of Brgy. Canaoay.

CAAP spokesman Eric Apolonio said agency personnel, with the assistance of the Philippine Coast Guard, responded and rescued the two individuals who sustained minor injuries. 

He said the pilot and his companion were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The four-seater plane is owned and operated by Leading Edge Int’l Aviation.

Apolonio said the incident is currently under investigation, and CAAP is awaiting an official report from its Aircraft Accident and Inquiry Investigation Board.


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