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Philippine minister Robredo feared dead in plane crash

Published on Aug 19, 2012 5:33 PM
 
This undated handout photo released on Aug 19, 2012 by Philippine Red Cross shows one of the wings of the ill-fated light plane loaded onto a fisherman's boat at the crash site off Masbate, central Philippines, following a crash on Aug 18. Helicopters and divers were searching on Aug 19 for one of the most powerful Philippine ministers, Jesse Robredo, who was missing and feared dead after a light aircraft he was travelling in crashed into the sea. -- PHOTO: AFP/PRC

MANILA (AFP) - Helicopters and divers were searching on Sunday for one of the most powerful Philippine politicians, feared dead after a light aircraft he was travelling in crashed into the sea.

President Benigno Aquino took the lead in the search for Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, a day after his plane went down about a kilometre from the central island of Masbate.

Mr Aquino flew to Masbate where military divers and helicopters were scouring the area for the minister, a close presidential aide, who is missing along with two pilots.

Transport Secretary Mar Roxas, who accompanied Mr Aquino, said special sonar equipment had been flown to Masbate to help in the search operation after some debris, including one wing of the missing plane, was recovered.

 
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