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Philippine interior minister missing in plane crash

Published on Aug 18, 2012 7:58 PM
Philippines Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo attends an inquiry at Senate headquarters in Manila in this Sep 30, 2010 file photo. Robredo and two pilots are missing after a plane crash in Masbate city, central Philippines. Robredo's police aide-de-camp survived the plane crash and was rescued by passing fishermen according to local media. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo is among three people missing after a small plane crashed at sea off a central island on Saturday, officials said.

The Cessna crashed near the shore of Masbate island while trying to make an emergency landing after suffering an unspecified engine problem, regional military spokesman Colonel Generoso Bolina told reporters.

"Secretary Robredo was in a light aircraft en route to Naga from Cebu. There was an engine problem so they sought permission to make an emergency landing at Masbate, but the plane did not make it there and crashed," Mr Bolina said.

Four people were on the plane.

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