Philippine plane crash kills 2; second flight carrying 6 still missing
Agencies | Manila
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A Philippine air force plane crashed Wednesday on a farm northwest of Manila, killing the two people on board, while a search was continuing for a private aircraft carrying six people that went missing the previous day in the mountainous north.
The air force grounded other SF-260s, which are used for training and in counter-insurgency operations, Castillo said. An investigation would be done to determine the cause of the crash, the air force said.
The Philippine military, one of the most underfunded in Asia, has struggled for years to modernise its air force and navy in particular despite funding problems.
Separately, a single-engine Cessna plane carrying six people lost contact with airport tower personnel about four minutes after takeoff on what was to be a 30-minute flight Tuesday in northern Isabela province, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said.
A full-scale search and rescue was continuing Wednesday, the civil aviation agency said. It didn't identify those who were on the plane.
The Philippine air force said its helicopters could not take off to join the search in Isabela because of bad weather.