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1 of 4 remains retrieved from Mayon crash site

By: Ma. April Mier-Manjares - Inquirer Southern Luzon | March 02,2023 - 06:54 AM

Mayon crash

FILE PHOTO: The team of responders suspended their retrieval operations for the bodies of the four passengers of the ill-fated Cessna plane from the slopes of Mayon Volcano since Thursday afternoon, February 23, 2023, due to heavy fog. PHOTO COURTESY OF CESSNA 340A INCIDENT COMMAND POST

LEGAZPI CITY — One of the remains of the four victims in the Cessna plane crash in Albay was dropped off near the base of the Mayon Volcano on Wednesday afternoon, March 1, 2023.

Camalig Mayor Carlos Irwin Baldo Jr., the incident commander, said in a Facebook post that the responders took five hours in relaying down the body from the crash site to the Forest Ranger Station, near the incident command post in Barangay (village) Anoling.

READ: Wreckage of Cessna plane found near Mayon crater

The ill-fated Cessna plane crashed near the summit crater of the Mayon Volcano.

The responders started bringing down the four bodies on Saturday, February 25. But retrieval operations were suspended due to bad weather conditions.

READ: Remains of 4 passengers of fallen Cessna plane found near Mayon crater

Baldo did not identify the body that was initially retrieved.

The Cessna plane went missing on February 18, carrying the pilot, Capt. Rufino James Crisostomo Jr., mechanic Joel Martin, and Australian passengers Simon Chipperfield and Karthi Santhanam. They were found dead on February 22 at the crash site on the slopes of the volcano.

READ: No survivors in Cessna plane crash on Mayon

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