Divers fail to tie rope on downed Robredo plane


Posted at Aug 22 2012 05:08 PM | Updated as of Aug 23 2012 01:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Divers will again go back to sea later on Wednesday after not being able to tie the rope on the ill-fated Piper Seneca, believed to be carrying still the bodies of the two pilots.

Divers from the Philippine Navy and Korea re-surfaced after only 20 minutes at sea. They went there after lunch.

In his Twitter account, Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas said “they spent some time just to fix the entangled rope at 50 meters.”

The technical divers were supposed to set out to sea on Wednesday morning to retrieve the bodies of pilots Jessup Bahinting and Kshitiz Chand. Dive leaders called off the operations, however, because of the strong currents that may prove dangerous to the operations.

Technical drivers yesterday were able to retrieve the body of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo. They said he was the one easier to retrieve since he was near the door of the wrecked plane.

They believe that the two pilots are still in the plane’s cockpit, which is harder to penetrate since the plane has been turned upside down.