Kiwi among 9 dead in Laguna plane crash

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    THE PNP yesterday said the nine persons killed when a private plane crashed on a resort in Barangay Pansol, Calamba City last Sunday were all passengers of the ill-fated aircraft.

    Police reports identified the fatalities as Capt. Jesus Hernandez, the pilot; First Officer Lino Cruz Jr., co-pilot; Dr. Garret Garcia; Kirk Eoin Badilla, a nurse; Yamato Togawa, also a nurse; a certain Ryx Gil Laput; one Raymond Bulacja; Tom Carr, a New Zealander; and Emma Carr, wife of Tom.

    They were aboard the King Air 350 with tail number RP-C2296, an 11-seater medical evacuation plane that crashed at the Agojo private resort in Miramonte subdivision, Purok 6, Barangay Pansol past 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Reports said the plane left Dipolog City at around 1:40 p.m. for a medical evacuation mission.

    Witnesses saw the plane covered with think smoke as it was flying over Mt. Makiling before nosedived, exploded and caught fire.

    Two people at the resort – John Rey Roca, 19; and his mother Malou, 40 – were injured.

    The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is still investigating the cause of the accident.