Wreckage of missing helicopter in Quezon found; 2 dead

MANILA — Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) confirmed Sunday that a single-engine light helicopter AS350B2 type operated by Macroasia Air Taxi Services with registry number RP-C2688 that went missing last Aug. 22 was located at 3:30 p.m. Saturday by search and rescue team with bodies of two persons on board.

CAAP Operations and Rescue Coordinating Center (ORCC) identified the fatalities as Capt. Miguel C. Logronio and aircraft mechanic Engr. Jay Gregorio.

The two were on a mission to pick up and rescue stranded construction and engineering personnel working at the Sumag diversion tunnel in Quezon province when the accident occurred.

Efforts to locate the missing chopper took several days because of the bad weather condition in the area and it was only on Sunday morning that it was able to penetrate the crash site by a helicopter piloted by Capt. Jojo Consuji who was able to drop two rescuers onsite.

The chopper crash site was first sighted by 505th search and rescue group of Philippine Air force last Tuesday but it was only on Sunday that it was reached because of the bad weather condition in the area.

Civilian and military volunteers from 505 Rescue Bustos group, Pureforce Rescue group, Conrad Tomeldan, Jude Estrada, Capt. Boy Garucho, Alex Limjuoco, Cavdeal, MWSS, Transcare and the local dumagats in the area are the few who provided their best efforts to locate the missing chopper since it was reported missing last Monday.

The CAAP said that retrieval and recovery operations would resume Monday morning. PNA/northboundasia.com