MANILA, Philippines – The wreckage of the ill-fated Piper Seneca plane which carried the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo is now in Manila for an investigation.
The wreckage, kept inside 4 crates, arrived at the Manila South Harbor from Masbate on board Coast Guard vessel AE-891 Thursday afternoon.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is investigating the RP-C4431 plane's fuselage, 2 wings and engines, and debris.
"Now that the important parts of the plane wreckage are with CAAP, the special investigation team is quickly proceeding with the formal probe of the incident," said outgoing Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas said.
Roxas called on the public to not make any speculation and allow CAAP to determine the real cause of the crash.
The probe will be conducted by a 5-man special investigation committee led by Capt. Amado Soliman, chief of the CAAP accident investigation board.
Representatives from the general aviation, military and airline sectors compose the investigation committee.
Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) spokesman Atty. Nic Conti said the statements of Air Avaitour management and other relevant documents will also be used in the probe.
Among the documents secured by CAAP include daily pre-flight inspection logbook, technical records, maintenance logbook, pilot and maintenance manual, installation and operational manual, logbook of the Piper Seneca (RP-C4431), latest fuel delivery receipts, and 201 files of pilots Jessup Bahinting and Kshitiz Chand.
Bahinting and Chand were also killed in the crash. Only Robredo’s aide, Jun Abrazado, survived the crash.