MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine Air Force plane crashed into a farm northwest of Manila on Wednesday, killing two people on board. Meanwhile, a search continues for the commercial plane with six people on board. .
The SF-260 plane was on a training flight from Sangrey Airport in Cavite province, south of Manila, when it crashed into a rice field in Bataan province, said Air Force spokesperson Colonel Maria Consuelo Castillo.
Police investigator Edgardo Delos Santos called the Associated Press from the crash site to say that the bodies of two men were pulled from the wreckage and that witnesses saw the plane move rapidly out of control before it crashed into a rice field. He said he saw him descend.
The Air Force has grounded other SF-260s, Castillo said, and they are being used for training and counterinsurgency operations. An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash, the Air Force said.
The Philippine military, one of Asia’s most underfunded nations, has fought decades of Muslim and communist insurgency, defending its territorial waters and claims in the disputed South China Sea, while running out of money. Despite the problems, it has struggled for years to modernize its Air Force and Navy in particular. .
Separately, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, a single-engine Cessna plane carrying six people was scheduled for a 30-minute flight in northern Isabela province on Tuesday, but an airport tower official said it was about four minutes after takeoff. lost contact with.
The Civil Aviation Authority said full-scale search and rescue operations continued on Wednesday. The person on board the plane could not be identified.
The Philippine Air Force said bad weather prevented the helicopter from taking off to join the search in Isabela.