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Possible Cessna crash site in Albay found 

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MEMBERS of the Camalig disaster response teams were immediately deployed on Feb. 18 for search and rescue operations on the Cessna 340 aircraft, with four people on board, that went missing shortly after taking off from the Bicol International Airport. — BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION-CAMALIG

THE POSSIBLE crash site of the Cessna plane that went down early Saturday morning in the town of Camalig has been found based on a photo taken by a foreign search and rescue volunteer, according to the mayor.   

“The camera revealed debris hanging from a tree, along with some broken branches,” Camalig Mayor Carlos Irwin G. Baldo, Jr. said in post on his Facebook page around noon Sunday.   

He said responders were already on their way to the area.   

“As of 11:42 AM, 256 responders, 12 drones, and 4 K9 dogs are presently deployed in Anoling and Quirangay,” the mayor said.   

A Cessna 340 aircraft went missing in Camalig, Albay at 6:46 a.m. on Feb. 18, just three minutes after taking off from the Bicol International Airport, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).  

The flight, bound for Manila, had four people on board — a pilot, a crew member and two passengers, CAAP said in a statement on Saturday.   

The incident comes after another Cessna 206 type aircraft crashed in Isabela on Jan. 24 and has yet to be found.   

It had six persons on board, including the pilot.   

It left Cauayan Airport and was bound for Maconacon, Isabela on a 30-minute flight.