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Helicopter crash site yielded 7 charred bodies

April 8, 2009

The charred remains of the helicopter which was reported missing yesterday, April 7, 2009 was finally located on the slopes of Mount Pulag in Tinoc, Ifugao Province in Luzon. At press time, 7 burned bodies have been found on the crash site. Their identities have yet to be released.

Reported riding the ill-fated aircraft were Brig Gen. Carlos Clet, presidential military aide; Pres. undersecretary Marilou Frostrom, Jose Capadocia Jr. of the Office of the Press Secretary, assistant director Perlita Bandayanon of the PMS’ office of regional concerns, pilot Maj. Rolando Sacatani, co-pilot Capt. Alvin Alegata, Petty Officer 1 Demy Reyno, and Air Force crewman Staff Sgt. Romeo Gem Perez. This leaves one person still missing.

The helicopter left Loakan Airport in Baguio City at about 4:15 p.m. on Tiesday to arrive the same day in Ifugao. They were part of the presidential team which prepares for Gloria M. Arroyo’s inspection of the P224 million road project in Banaue Province.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but Capadocia, one of the passengers sent a text message of zero visibility before the chopper went down (Photo credit: http://www.pcij.org)=0=

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